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Published by Head
of Zeus, 26th November 2012. ISBN: 978-1-781850008
Following the death of prioress Felicia in the
summer of 1270, twenty-one-year-old Eleanor of
Wynethorpe is appointed prioress by King Henry III. A political move that
pleased the family, but not the monk and nuns of Tyndal Priory, which belongs
to the Order of Fontevraud, where monks and nuns live and work in close
a day of her arrival Eleanor is apprehensively aware that she has usurped the
order’s elected choice, Sister Ruth. Then the one person who had welcomed her,
and who she had seen as a support is found dead in the cloister gardens.As a replacement Brother Thomas is brought in
to act as crowner.Brother Thomas has a
secret that has changed his life and left him in mortal fear of discovery.
young inexperienced Eleanor has to tread a careful path attempting to gain the respect of her resentful flock,
and unmask a violent killer, whilst trying not to totally alienate Prior
Theobald who had incorrectly assumed headship of Tyndal Priory whilst prioress Felicia
was alive.But another death brings
great pressure to bear on the new prioress.
loved this book, and I didn’t expect to, as I am not a huge fan of historical
crime. But I have just become a huge fan of medieval mysteries.I was totally drawn into both the time and
the characters. This has to be attributed to the writing.I was gripped from the beginning.I
found the foreword in the book very useful as it enabled me to enjoy the story
without struggling with some of the terms which I would possible have done
without the foreword.
book collector of fifty years I must pay tribute to the publishers Head of
Zeus.The book itself as an object is a
joy. Beautifully presented it is a book to keep and cherish.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Priscilla Royal was born in Seattle,
andgrew up in British Columbia. Shehas a degree in
world literature from San
Francisco State University, where she discovered the
beauty of medieval literature. She is a theater fan as well as reader of
history, mysteries, and fiction of lesser violence. Until 2000, she worked for
the Federal government in a variety of positions, all of which provided a
wonderful education in the complexity of human experience and motivation She
lives in Northern California and belongs to
the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime.