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The Velvet Turnshoe (Hildegard of Meaux medieval crime series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Cassandra Clark
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the years when the beautiful boy-king Richard II is beset by enemies from his own court, when Chaucer is penning his famous Canterbury Tales, and when the notorious Kathryn Swynford is making out with the most powerful man in England, Hildegard is sent on a secret mission to bring back the legendary Cross of Constantine to York, its original home. But dangerous enemies are determined she will not succeed. Alone in the icy hell of the Alps, pursued by a deadly assassin, her courage and instinct for crime-solving are all she has between herself and a violent death. Meanwhile the plot to depose the king continues...When Richard lost his little velvet slipper during his coronation, the rumour-mongers said it was a portent that he would lose his crown to a usurper. Now the story of the turnshoe continues. It begins before Martinmas when the rains sweep throughout Europe bringing floods, murrain and the Plague. Bodies are piled outside town gates. Open pits are covered in quick lime. Beggars, roaming the countryside searching for food, find only death. And after many twists and turns, Hildegard’s mission itself is fated to end in death or destiny.

About the Author

Award winning playwright and novelist Cassandra Clark is a fan of anything Gothic. Ruined abbeys, mist-wreathed castles, moated granges and knights in armour are her thing. Not surprisingly, then, she chose the late fourteenth century for the setting of her latest series featuring intrepid sleuth Hildegard of Meaux. The glamour of the royal court at Shene was at its height when the City of London was still a rabble of houses, fortifications and dockyards on the banks of the Thames. Political and civic intrigue were rife. Conflicting faiths brought excommunication. Desire to wear the Crown of England brought cousin against cousin. Ordinary people were beginning to find a voice. As an historian Cassandra is fascinated by the period when the seeds of so much we take for granted were sown. She likes nothing better than riffling through the archives for the facts that bust a few myths about medieval men and women, about what they wore, ate, drank, and how they lived and loved.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3843 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Cassandra Clark (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Cassandra Clark wrote her first novel when she was ten but it is still, sadly, unpublished. Undeterred she has since written award-winning scripts for theatre, radio and television and is now devoted to writing a medieval mystery series featuring Hildegard of Meaux set in the time of Richard II. Six novels, with a seventh novel already brewing, feature intrepid, problem-solving nun Hildegard and her sidekick Brother Thomas. Love interest is supplied with extremes of guilt by the abbot Hubert de Courcy. Will he ever yield or are he and Hildegard destined to sleep alone? Only time will tell. It is the Gothic Yorkshire landscape and its crumbling medieval abbeys and ancient walled towns that provide the context for Hildegard's serious sleuthing into the dark side of medieval England.
Cassandra says: don't come to me for magic swords and unlikely characters with strange eyes. I prefer to delve into the real facts, with real people fighting to make the world we live in today. Weirdly, fact is often far stranger than fiction. Read the series and follow Hildegard down the dangerous byways taken by medieval murderers.

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book of the series which has just appeared on kindle with a slightly different title. I read it in paperback as "The red velvet turnshoe". I have been following this series since the first book was published in hardback and absolutely love it. Everything in my review for the latest book "The dragon of Handale" holds true for this one, too. If you're nuts about history who-dun-its then this series is a must to be added to your favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book recommendation 28 Nov. 2013
By Bernie
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Excellent book,I recommend it to anyone who enjoys medieval crime detection. The reader 's interest is stimulated immediately and is maintained throughout
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbess of Meaux mystery 13 Dec. 2013
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I am glad I found these books. I thoroughly enjoy reading medieval mysteries and these books capture your attention and imagination until the end. There is a lot going on in these stories, they are very full and colourful. I could see the scenes and characters in my mind as I was reading about them, always a sign of a good book. I would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 April 2014
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This started well and had good pace. However the ending of the mystery seemed to happen in a hurry. I had to 're-read it,thinking I had missed what finally happened to Pierrekyn in the church. The epilogue raised interest in the sequel and was a good conclusion. One slightly irritating point - God when referring to the Christian deity starts with a capital and throughout this book it doesn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We'll-crafted story 26 Aug. 2014
By bulver
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Very well written story, grabs the flavour of the period
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