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5.0 out of 5 stars A different pairing of detectives..., 30 Jan 2004
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Set in the year of 1139. Sabina, a gentle blind woman employed at the Old Priory Guesthouse, accepted the offer of Master Mainard to live exclusively with him. Since Mainard's face was horribly birth marked, everyone believed that his wife, Bertrild, would be glad she was rid of him. Instead, Bertrild was furious! She attacked Sabina and demanded Mainard return the doxy to the bordello. As Sabina and Mainard thought about what to do, Bertrild was murdered. Of course, her husband was the prime suspect. Sabina feared Mainard would hang. She went to her old mistress, Magdalene la Bātarde, for help.
Magdalene cared about the women who worked for her. She would use her powerful friends in high places to seek out the real murderer.
***** Sir Bellamy of Itchen returns to help Magdalene unravel this mystery. Author Roberta Gellis did an outstanding job in creating a realistic murder mystery plot set in a fascinating time of history. The action began on the very first page and was able to hold my interest until the end. Fan of Sherlock Holmes, in my opinion, will especially enjoy this novel. Recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic mystery, 13 Feb 2001
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The Old Priory Guesthouse is definitely a misnomer because it is a whorehouse run by Madame Magdalena La Batarde. She has powerful patrons including her landlord the Bishop of Winchester and the king's man to protect the popular Madame. Magdalena treats her employees as valued family members so when Sabrina leaves to become a mistress to Mainard Saddler, Magdalena gives her blessing.

When Sabina returns "home" upset because someone murdered Mainard's wife, Magdalena tries to calm down her former girl. Magdalena enlists her wannabe lover Sir Bellamy of Itchen to help clear Mainard's name not yet realizing how many people with motives rejoice in Lady Saddler's death.

As usual, Roberta Gellis combines her love for medieval times with her storytelling talent to write a novel with appeal to romance, mystery, and historical fiction lovers. The period tidbits are accurate as a result of meticulous research that augments a strong plot with depth that provides a colorful picture of the twelfth century's merchant's class during the reign of King Stephen. The audience will want to learn more about Magadalena's story in future novels in this exciting series.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series, 12 July 2014
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This already is developing into a good series after just two titles. All the characters are developing nicely and at a quicker pace than other series I have read by different author's. Looking forward to the third title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 5 Mar 2014
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I like this I have read two these books I hope that there is more to come. I look forward to see them on kindle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I came back for more, 19 Oct 2013
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Having read the first in this series which was pleasant but not strong I held out hope the series would grow stronger and happily found this to be true. A good read.
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