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The Dragon of Handale: A Mystery (Abbess Hildegard of Meaux) Hardcover – 17 Mar 2015


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (17 Mar 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250058864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250058867
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cassandra Clark is from the East Riding of Yorkshire where she lived near the ancient medieval market town of Beverley. She has written award-winning scripts for theatre,radio and television and now writes contemporary fiction. She used to run a lunch-time theatre in a Tudor inn in York and won a Directors' Guild Award for a play called 'Cold Calling.' She is the author of six Hildegard of Meaux medieval detective novels set in the time of Richard II. They feature intrepid, problem-solving nun Hildegard and her sidekick Brother Thomas. The Gothic Yorkshire landscape with its crumbling medieval abbeys are the context for Hildegard's sleuthing adventures into the dark side of medieval England.
Cassandra says:don't come to me for magic swords and characters with strange eyes. I like delving into the facts, real people doing real things and making the world we live in today. Weirdly, fact is often much stranger than fiction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Foster on 3 July 2013
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As I quite enjoyed the previous four books in this series I was looking forward to reading The Dragon of Handale. Unfortunately, I was left feeling somewhat let down by the time I had finished reading. This edition on Kindle is very poorly edited with not only spelling and syntax errors but also mysterious punctuation marks showing up in the middle of words and odd formatting. Infuriating and unnecessary and makes the book a lot less enjoyable to read. Just because I am purchasing this on Kindle doesn't mean that I should be subjected to an inferior product. I still paid money for it, after all.

The story itself is okay but not nearly as intriguing as the other books and it never really seems to pick up any speed. Hildegard is a fascinating character but she seems to be left somewhat flailing in this one. Several questions are left unanswered and the denouement of the book falls flat for me. The murderer wasn't a shock and I always find that the best mysteries are the ones where you are left totally surprised at the end. I would still buy the next book in the series (in a hard copy) but this one was, overall, a letdown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslye Slater on 26 Jan 2014
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Have read all of her Hildegard books, and I liked this one. However, first this was the first Kindle version of hers and I found it full of typographical errors, paragraphs conjoined and chapters going walkabout as I looked back in the story and returned to my place. So annoying. Marked down because of the annoyance factor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Hammond on 27 Dec 2013
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The storyline was interesting, and it was filled out with potentially satisfying dialogue.
However, this really looked like an unedited draft. There were numerous spelling, grammatical and typographical errors; and the formatting was poor.
There were several sections where the account seemed to be a set of ideas which the author meant to elaborate on later. If not she should have done!
I have much enjoyed previous tales of Hildegard, and if this is ever written up as a proper book, i am sure I will again. Until then……..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Lancashire border on 21 July 2013
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I have been following this series from the start and love it. Hildegard, the main character, is feisty and very believable. The author brings the period to life and I always feel that I'm there, with Hildegard and her friends and enemies. This book stands alone, you do not need to have necessarily read the others, but I would recommend them. All but the first one are now on kindle.
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I have to agree with the other comments about sloppy type-setting, that's why it has only four stars. It was, however, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I missed some of the old characters like Roger and Hubert and confining Hildegard to one location when she previously roamed far and wide didn't help.I am glad to see that the ending was left open: does she stay with Ulf or return to the religious life? If there is to be another book I hope this is resolved.The series may be losing momentum but all good things must end and I shall be sorry to bid farewell to Hildegard
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Cassandra Clark writes good stories, and it is such a pity that this one, on Kindle, is so poorly produced. Typesetting errors abound, misspellings, paragraphs not lined up, chapter headings not separate from the previous text, and so on. This is just not good enough. Concentration on the story is constantly interrupted by the latest error, hence four starts instead of five. Some Kindle publishers need to smarten up their act.
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By Cornish girl on 28 Feb 2014
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A very enjoyable read. As good as the previous two stories . I can't wait for the next book, hope there are lots more to come.
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