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Whiter Than the Lily (Hawkenlye Mysteries 7) Hardcover – 8 Nov 2004


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340831111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340831113
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,431,326 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

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

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The seventh in the medieval crime series set in Hawkenlye in the Weald of Kent

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
If you have enjoyed Alys Clare's previous Hawkenlye mysteries, you will love this one, the 7th in the series.
Sir Josse and Abbess Helewise get tangled up in yet another web of intrigues and mysteries: a beautiful young girl is murdered, her husband loses his mind, and Josse has to face some of his demons if he wants to see his investigation through.
As always, Alys Clare' s description of life in the middle ages is vivid and lively; and our attachment to her two main characters and their relationship only grows with each new book.
Previous books in the series, although very well written and still compelling reads, were lacking slightly in "whodunnit" material. Whiter Than The Lily is better than its predecessors in that it is a very good whodunnit, with and an unexpected twist at the end.
I am giving it 4 stars so that I can hopefully add another star to the next instalment - a recommended book on all levels!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Gilbert on 7 April 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first Alys Clare I have read, and based on this one, I will certainly read more. When I bought it, I assumed it would be similar to most other medieval whodunnits, of which I am quite a fan. But this is in a different league. The mystery starts on the first page and then keeps on building. I thought that I had figured out what was going on, but I was completely wrong. This is a very clever story, not many people will anticipate the outcome. The story develops well and I found it difficult to put down. The characters are likeable and believeable, the story is interesting and intriguing. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sir Josse has been invited to visit his neighbour Brice's manor and while he is there Brice says that he would like Sir Josse to meet some friends of his. Not wishing to appear impolite Josse agrees to travel with him to his friends.
When they arrive Sir Josse finds that there is an ulterior motive to their visit. The elderly knight he has been brought to see has a young and beautiful wife of seventeen or eighteen who is devoted to her husband and although they have been trying since their marriage they have been unable to conceive a child. The knight Sir Ambrose has been told of Josse's involvement with Hawkenlye Abbey and the success they have had with healing the sick in mind and body.
After speaking with Sir Josse, Ambrose agrees to allow his wife Galiena to go on ahead to the Abbey with her maid and groom and he will follow in a couple of days. His hope is that the nuns can help his wife with their inability to have a child.
However when Galiena arrives at the Abbey she is alone and her demeanour is totally different to the happy and devoted wife the nuns had expected. A tragic death sets Sir Josse on the path of danger and intrigue. The Abbess Helewise becomes embroiled in the same dangers that face Josse and the perils reach out to the Abbey itself . . .
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