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Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic (The Chaucer Tales Book 3)

Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic (The Chaucer Tales Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

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Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is despatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey expects to solve the theft of the cargo of a wrecked Genoese ship with comparative ease. He and his companions are lodging with a wealthy doctor of physic in his fine house overlooking the water. But there is deep hostility in the port town between citizens and sailors - accusations and daggers fly. There are tensions in the house as well, and murder occurs soon after their arrival when one of the occupants is done to death in the herb garden. Chaucer finds himself drawn into an investigation in a household of intriguing visitors, including a thrice-widowed older woman, a soft-spoken herbalist and the madam of a local brothel. Is the murderer one of them or is it a member of the band of smugglers who live in the wild woods on the shore? And what is the truth to the rumours that the wrecked ship was carrying a secret cargo, an object that is literally priceless?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1286 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Albert Bridge Books; Second edition (5 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair but rather slow 10 May 2014
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The story seemed to drag on and began to border on tedious. I skipped the last part and went to the end to discover whodunnit. A holiday read perhaps, but not for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geoffrey Chaucer Investigates Theft and Murder 31 May 2014
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After a Genoese ship is damaged and in repair in the port of Dartmouth, its valuable cargo of alum has disappeared. Fearing this may affect trade agreements between England and Genoa, Geoffrey Chaucer is tasked by John of Gaunt, the king's second son, to investigate and diplomatically resolve the problem. Chaucer heads to Dartmouth with his two young friends, Ned Caton and Alan Audley. They narrowly escape death by ambush on the way and soon after arrival are deep in problems involving not only the theft but murder and land pirates as well. This is more than the simple theft that Chaucer had anticipated solving.

The characters and dialogue in this novel are very well done and believable. There are several false leads in solving the murder mysteries as well as the theft that keep the reader in suspense. While Geoffrey Chaucer is known as the Father of English Literature and is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, his day job, as in this novel, was as a diplomat, courier, messenger, etc. to the court. There are some allusions to stories or poems that he will later write. That makes for some added interest and enjoyment as one reads. I have read one other story in this series, "Chaucer and the House of Fame" and look forward to reading others.
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