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The Tavern in the Morning (A Hawkenlye Mystery) [Hardcover]

Alys Clare
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7 Dec 2000 A Hawkenlye Mystery
Market day, and the inn at Tonbridge has been busy since early morning. As night closes in, a man lies dying in the guest chamber, poisoned by a piece of pie made by Goody Anne herself. Josse d'Acquin, a regular vistor to the tavern and an admirer of Mistress Anne's culinary skills, arrives to investigate. He discovers wolf's bane in the remnants of the pie. And learns that, among all the strangers through the tavern that day, one stood out - a charming, handsome nobleman, who asked for the same chicken and vegetable pie. . . When he fails to persuade the Sheriff that the death is suspicious, Josse turns to his old friend, Abbess Helewise. Weakened from a severe bout of fever, she nonetheless provides a thread of common sense as Josse follows the trail of murder into the great Wealden Forest, and finds something there that will change his life forever...


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st ed 1st printg edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340739355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340739358
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Proof that a writer of medieval crime fiction can deliver something fresh (The Times Crime Supplement on Ashes of the Element)

'A worthy heir to Ellis Peters, though grittier, materialises' - Poison in the Pen on Fortune like the Moon

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The third medieval crime novel set in 12th century Kent, featuring Josse d'Acquin and his friend Abbess Helewise.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Medieval Murder Mystery 28 Aug 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Alys Clare has written many other novels under a different name. She is able to breathe new life into the medieval period. A period of history that many novelists take as their background subject. Alys Clare lives in Kent. This is the area in which the books are set.

This is the third book in the series of medieval novels by Alys Clare. The books are set around the Abbey of Hawkenlye and the lead characters are Sir Josse d'Aquin and Helewise the Abbess of Hawkenlye. The two have a friendship which has blossomed in the first two books and in an age when celibacy was not a prerequisite of the religious orders there is always the chance that this may take a different turn. However these are by no means love stories and I would not want to put anyone off reading these books by suggesting that they are. They are murder mysteries well written and well researched.

In this particular book Sir Josse is hunting a poisoner who has been using wolf's bane to kill his victims at the local hostelry in Tonbridge. To say anymore would be to spoil the plot for the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Medieval Murder Mystery 12 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Alys Clare has written many other novels under a different name. She is able to breathe new life into the medieval period. A period of history that many novelists take as their background subject. Alys Clare lives in Kent. This is the area in which the books are set.

This is the third book in the series of medieval novels by Alys Clare. The books are set around the Abbey of Hawkenlye and the lead characters are Sir Josse d'Aquin and Helewise the Abbess of Hawkenlye. The two have a friendship which has blossomed in the first two books and in an age when celibacy was not a prerequisite of the religious orders there is always the chance that this may take a different turn. However these are by no means love stories and I would not want to put anyone off reading these books by suggesting that they are. They are murder mysteries well written and well researched.

In this particular book Sir Josse is hunting a poisoner who has been using wolf's bane to kill his victims at the local hostelry in Tonbridge. To say anymore would be to spoil the plot for the reader.
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Format:Hardcover
The plot is very believeable, with an almnost unguessable twist at the end. It is quickly paced, with absolutely no meaningless twaddle, such as you might find with P.D. James, and not too much over-researching, as you might find with Kathy Reichs, Simplistic, easy to read, understnad, and makes it easy to get to grips with historical terminology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good 11 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
have found this book to be a light and enjoyable read .I will read more of this series of books
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