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The Midsummer Crown: A Roger the Chapman Medieval Mystery 20 (A Roger the Chapman Mystery)
 
 

The Midsummer Crown: A Roger the Chapman Medieval Mystery 20 (A Roger the Chapman Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Sedley
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The new Roger the Chapman mystery - In the sultry midsummer of 1483, as Richard of Gloucester begins his bid for the English crown, Roger returns home to Bristol, glad to be out of the capital. But almost immediately, the Duke recalls him to London to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young boy whose tutor has been found murdered, apparently in a locked room. It is an investigation which has as its background an ancient British legend, and which will imperil Roger’s life as never before.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C4O01O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and story 26 May 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery story and liked the hero, Roger the Chapman, who has to unravel the facts. I found the characters believable and engaging and the descriptions vivid and able to convey the problems, habits and everyday aspects of mediaeval life. An intriguing and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger the Chapman series 23 May 2013
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A really good read and well up to the standard of previous books in the Chapman series. Well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always brilliant 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Kate Sedley is a must read for lovers of medieval mysteries.All Roger the Chapman books are brilliant and I am always on the lookout for anything else she has written.If you have never tried this genre, then prepare yourself for a treat and delve into the past with this atmospheric writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval locked-rrom mystery! 7 May 2011
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roger the Chapman is once again wrenched away from his beloved family in Bristol and called to London to solve a baffling murder and abduction. A young lord has vanished, and his tutor's body has been discovered within a locked chamber.

London is in a fever of excitement awaiting the coronation of Edward V, and Roger can find little help in unraveling the mystery. Still, he persists, all the while aware of a growing uneasiness as to who will actually wear the crown: young Edward, or his uncle Richard.

Sedley's book creates a fine sense of this era, as well as delves into some ancient pagan customs that persist despite the condemnation of Church and King.
My only criticism is that Roger, despite previous experiences, remains somewhat too trusting and naive. But he is as endearing as ever, and this story a compelling read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the series (or even close) 19 Nov 2011
By Barbara B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Roger the Chapman series was, for a long time, my favorite historical mystery series. However, the last 3-4 books have been big letdowns. Perhaps that's the inevitable fate of almost all long-running series.

This one "jumped the shark" for me when Roger started getting involved in Royal affairs. I found the stories so much more interesting when they involved the average people of medieval England rather than the machinations of Dukes and Kings and such.

This particular book -- the Medsummer Crown -- has several major flaws which go beyond simply my personal preference for normal folk: for the majority of the book, nothing of interest happens. Rogers walks around confused and inept, continually losing the people he's following, missing clues and moaning about the case. Then there are the totally incredible coincidences, like having the major suspects just happen to sit at the table behind him in an obscure London inn and discuss the entire case and their plans for him. I can't go into more details without revealing spoiling, but suffice it to say that it strains the reader's credulity to the breaking point.

Finally, the plot is extremely similar in many ways to the Green Man (again, I can't give details but many of the plot contrivances are EXACTLY the same and Roger even aludes to them in the book!) The ending is unsatisfying and implausible.

Sorry, Ms. Sedley. Your first dozen books were great and for them, I'll always be thankful. But here's where Roger Chapman and I part company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A series well worth reading. 16 May 2011
By Jon L. Cornellisson - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent, well-written series. The characters are vivid. The background information for the time period is interesting and accurate. The plots are interesting. This series is worth reading for anyone interested in historical mysteries.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous titles 24 Sep 2013
By Jim Knox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Was disappointed in the plot, which relied too much on coincidents. I was also hoping that the mystery Roger was being called on to solve was the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower.
5.0 out of 5 stars a GREAT SERIES 29 July 2013
By longblade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i found Historical mystery's about 4 years ago and started this series as one of the first books i read it's GREAT and when a new copy
comes out i have to have it because this series is a keeper.they have historical facts and alot of interesting information of how the people lived back then.
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