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Wine of Violence
on 28 March 2013
This is the first book in a medieval mystery series and it is set in a religious foundation in Suffolk which has both monks and nuns. A new Prioress has just been appointed following the death of the previous Prioress. The body of a monk is found in the nuns' enclosure with horrific injuries and Prioress Eleanor feels her first job must be to find out who killed him. But Eleanor has to convince the monks and nuns in her charge that she isn't too young to rule them and battle her own inappropriate feelings for the new young monk, Brother Thomas.
I found this an interesting read with a complex plot. I thought the characters were well drawn and their motivations convincing and I liked the way they interacted. The only thing I didn't like were the Americanisms which seemed out of place - words such as `gotten'. I'm not convinced that `for cert' is actually a medieval expression though I stand to be corrected on that point. But these are minor issues and I found the book held my attention and I have already downloaded the second book in the series.
If you like historical mysteries then try this interesting series. If you enjoy Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series you may enjoy this series though they are a lighter and easier read than Sister Fidelma.