When I found out that C. L. Grace is yet another pseudonym of Paul Doherty you could have knocked me down with the proverbial feather. How one man can be so prolific in his writing is beyond me (or is there more than one writer?), who knows. What is even more astounding is that his books are all consistently good and written with the authority of someone who knows their subject back to front.
It does not seem to matter to the author whether he is writing about medieval mystery (Hugh Corbett etc.), Ancient Egypt, Roman or Greek, the author always has a good tale to tell and the books are well researched down to the fine detail.
The Eye of God is the second novel in the series of books featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke, a physician and apothecary in fifteenth-century Canterbury. The books highlight the fact the women played a vital part in medicine at the time, only to be later excluded almost entirely in the centuries that followed.
The story revolves around a precious relic called the Eye of God. Shortly before his death, Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick gives the precious relic to his trusted man Brandon with instructions to take it to the monks that reside at Canterbury. Brandon is captured and held prisoner. He dies under mysterious circumstances but the Eye of God is nowhere to be found.
King Edward IV summons Colum Murtagh in the hope that he can located the relic and Physician Kathryn Swinbrooke is also called top assess the death. The pair of them soon find themselves embroiled in a dangerous situation. More killing take place. A corpse is dragged from the river and another murder takes place in the city. It would seem that enemies of Edward IV are gathering and anyone who gets in their way is going to end up dead . . .
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a period of history that I Enjoy reading about and the author's tale telling skills always make for a good story. In fact I don't think there is a book by Paul Doherty, C. L. Grace, Michael Clynes, or any of the other pseudonyms he cares to use that I have not enjoyed.