Ariana Franklin aka Diana Norman passed away on January 27, 2011.
The Mistress of the Art of Death series has long been a favorite of mine. I really identified with the main character, Adelia, and I was enamored with Rowley in a big bad way. I wanted nothing more than to see them end up together. At the end of A Murderous Procession, the reader is led to believe that there might be hope for the parted lovers, and Rowley is seriously injured. Now the question will forever remain: would Rowley have lived, and would they have ended up together?
I was telling a friend about my love of these books and how much I looked forward to the 5th in the series, especially given the cliffhanger ending. My friend's response was "I hate when author's do that! I mean, what if she dies!?" While I appreciate the irony, I would have appreciated the next book more.
RIP, Ms. Franklin. You, and your tales, will be missed.