Book five of this excellent mystery series set in 14th century London during the reign of Richard II and the regency of his uncle John of Gaunt the Duke of Lancaster.
Yet again Gaunt sets Athelstan and Cranston in pursuit of felons who have stolen from the Crown and upset his plans. In solving this mystery there are several subplots involving Athelstan's errant parishioners, burglaries, the great community of the realm and a cracking set-piece battle on the River Thames in which Athelstan and Cranston play a pivotal part. We are also re-introduced to the enigmatic `Fisher of Men' and his curious band of river folk.
This is another entertaining story of intrigue that is laced with historical references, is written with humour and an obvious understanding of the times. There is a warmth and depth to all the characters (even John of Gaunt) that draws you into the stories and makes you want the characters to succeed in whatever endeavours they're involved in, even if that's just surviving the harsh lives they've been borne into.