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Of Dooms and Death (The Long Journey of Joslin de Lay Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Hamley
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It is 1369 and England and France are at war. Joslin de Lay is a minstrel like his father. But when English lords visit the French castle in which they live, his father is murdered and Joslin escapes to hostile England, charged with a quest to Wales to find his lost mother. And a mysterious, threatening man follows him secretly.

But no sooner does Joslin land in England than he is embroiled in murder. The great Doom painting is taking shape in Stovenham Church, but each time the face of one of the damned is painted, the person whose portrait it is meets a violent death. ‘The devil walks abroad in Stovenham,” says the travelling friar. There is danger, heartache and cruel murder before the truth is known and Joslin can continue his journey.

There was no doubt. Near where the altar had once been been were legs encased in green hose, a barrel chest in a red doublet and shiny leather jerkin. Whoever it was looked sound asleep.
Fearfully, Joslin crept closer.
Then he caught his breath. He knew who lay there. And he was not asleep.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dennis Hamley; 2 edition (11 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078DKQOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dennis Hamley was born in Kent in 1935. During the Second World War his family moved to Winslow, Bucks. Her was educated at the Royal Latin School, Buckingham, and after two years in the RAF he went to Jesus College, Cambridge, to read English. After that, he trained as a teacher at Bristol University and then taught English for four years at Stockport Grammar School.

His first book was published in 1963. Since then he has written numerous novels and short stories for all ages.

He is married with a son who is a scientist, a daughter in publishing and grandson.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine and unique take on crime fiction 1 Feb. 2003
Format:Paperback
When I first read this book, I was amazed to see it belonged in the child's fiction catagory. Although the writing style is simple enough for children, some of the nuances of the story may be beyond them, and it is this that helps older readers enjoy it also.
Starting in a French castle, the story leaps almost immediately into the plot of this, and the coming series of books. Our hero, Joslin de Lay, finds himself on an epic quest, but finds many problems on the way, the first of which he encounters after landing himself in the south east of England.
The many characters that Joslin meets are some of the books finer points. Each one, with their little idiosyncrasies, play an important part in this, and the following books, and even small parts may turn out to be of great importance.
I really enjoyed this book, especially during some of the later, heart pounding scenes. If any book can make you confused and frightened at one time, this is it.
Any fans of crime or horror fiction will love this book, and the following books in this series of six.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to an exciting series 12 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't suppose I'm the only lover of historical fiction and murder mysteries to feel excited when I discover a new series. I loved Cadfael and Dorothy Dunnet and CJ Sansom's Tudor mysteries (except when they got too long. This story begins in France with confusion menace and danger. A father dies and the son, Joslin, a talented minstrel escapes to England. He finds himself in Suffolk in the aftermath of plague. There is fascinating detail about the painting of a 'doom' in the local church but I'm not going to say more because this is the start of a journey that even Joslin does not understand. The Joslin de Lay series may have been written with children in mind but the complex plot, sense of menace and overarching mystery will work for readers of any age. I'm looking forward to all five volumes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good yarn 1 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
Set in England of the 1300's, if you can imagine a kind of junior Cadfael - but featuring a minstrel rather than a monk - you won't be far wrong. It starts off a little slowly, but hang in there, as once Joslin actually sets foot in England the pace picks up nicely and continues at a good clip. There are a few unexpected plot twists at the end, but I won't spoil it for you - read it and discover them for yourself. Be warned that there are a few gruesome moments too, although nothing is unduly dwelt on: this is the equivalent of a family film - a book which the whole family can pass around to read and enjoy. I'm now looking forward to reading the next in the series!
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