The BBC reports that Ariana Franklin, author of the historical mystery Mistress of the Art of Death, has died at the age of 77. Franklin won the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for Mistress of the Art of Death from the CWA. She also wrote The Serpent's Tale, Grave Goods and The Murderous Possession in this series.
Under the name Diana Norman she wrote several historical novels.
She has been seriously ill and spent time in the hospital. Very sad.