Author Ariana Franklin's Passing
Late though I am to attending to this matter, I want to acknowledge the passing on Thursday of British novelist Ariana Franklin. Born in Devon and a former Fleet Street journalist, she was the author of four books featuring 12th-century English coroner-investigator Adelia Aguilar (including Mistress of the Art of Death, which won the 2007 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award). Her most recent entry in that series was A Murderous Procession (originally published as The Assassin’s Prayer), which came out in the States last year. In addition, Franklin wrote almost a dozen historical novels under her real name, Diana Norman. Earlier this year, she received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award, given 'to an author for a body of work, not one single title.'
Norman/Franklin was married to renowned UK film critic Barry Norman and had apparently been “seriously ill” for some while. She was 77 years old when she perished at her home in Hertfordshire, England.