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Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1271, death stalks the corridors of Wynethorpe Castle on the Welsh border. When the Grim Reaper touches the beloved grandson of the castle lord, Baron Adam sends for his daughter, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal, and her subinfirmarian, Sister Anne, to save the child with their prayers and healing talents. Escorting them to the remote fortress is Brother Thomas, an unwilling monk fighting his private demons.

Death may be denied once in his quest for souls but never twice. Soon after the trio arrives, an important guest is murdered. The prioress' brother, bloody dagger in hand, stands over the corpse. All others may believe in his guilt, but Eleanor is convinced her brother is innocent.

Outside her priory, in a world of armed men, Eleanor may have little authority, but she is determined to untangle the Gordian knot of thwarted passions and old resentments even if it means defying her father, a man with whom she longs to make peace. As passions rise with the winter wind and time runs short, Eleanor, Anne, and Thomas struggle to find the real killer.

©2004, 2005 Priscilla Royal (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Debbie
  • 23-03-2021

No Comparison To Others of the Time Period

I tried book two of this series, believing things would improve, but instead they went downhill, opening with one of the monk's shaving and uttering the f work as if it gave him some kind of thrill. 🙄 The continued talk of sodomy, body parts and sex in crude ways for no good reason ruins any story that may be underneath. Brother Cadfael and Sister Fidelma are much better choices for interesting historical mysteries of a similar time frame.

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  • B. Fury
  • 07-09-2021

I love listening to the storyteller

Her voice has a lovely cadence that makesbthe stoey seembto come alive as she manages the voices of the different characters. I am on to book 3!

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  • S M Drew
  • 28-08-2021

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

A perfect second novel in this series. The characters introduced in the first book are given full fleshing out in this second book.

I think this will go on to be a fantastic series of books. As a fan of both the historical and crime fiction genres it is great to find examples where the two come together in such well written form.

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  • Moonpixie
  • 11-01-2022

Good but

I love historical fiction especially with a murder mystery element. Whilst the attitude towards women, marriage and rape are abhorrent with the religious dogma at times painful, sad and absurd.
There is some much humour in amongst murder mayhem.
These books provide an insight into a different time… although people have rarely changed whatever the century they live in.
Again even with some books included in free, it’s a shame to have some missing in the series.
And again, the ultimate insult to the ears of a listener… changing the narrator, not once but 3 times!

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  • SJ TREVELYAN-WHITE
  • 17-12-2021

Tyrant of the mind

The narrator really bought the book to life. I am really enjoying this series and I would recommend to all history lovers

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  • Cate toward
  • 26-09-2021

Should be better

Firstly, the reader.
American pronunciation is used for medieval England. The main protagonist is a very young woman, but the reader is obviously, being polite, much older.
I have no problem with the sexual references, sex wasn't invented in the 20th century, if it drives the story and develops the characters, then there's a place for it.
In medieval England chipmunks were not a thing,
The devil is in the details, so much was right, that this screamed out.
The book is okish, but not really a thriller as the villain is fairly obvious.

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  • M. McCabe
  • 04-08-2021

Meh. Very little mystery and a lot of sex.

As far as mystery goes this book was below average. The author seems obsessed with sex, sexual orientations, and genitalia. It becomes tiresome and distracting. It’s pretty clear that she relies a lot on trying to shock and titillate the reader with sexual banter and the sexual proclivities of the characters. Is the author oversexed or undersexed - living out her own fantasies?
All the priests are gay, the nuns either raving nymphomaniacs or closeted lesbians. The other characters waffle between raging copulation and frigidity. It’s unfortunate.
The performance is good in spite of the pedestrian prose.
It was difficult to get through at times because the sexual antics overshadowed the mystery.
Can’t recommend. Thankfully it was free.

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