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- Print Length: 270 pages
- Publisher: Hawk Publishing (8 Oct. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FQ3YXM2
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The central character, Stephen, works as a coroner's assistant who has the job of investigating any violent or unnatural death - a sort of forensic scientist of mediaeval times using every resource to bring a murderer to book. Stephan is definitely a kick-ass type of person, being a crippled ex-Knight, with plenty of fights during his investigations of multiple murders and a political plot. There is a good cast of other characters in the book who are well fleshed out and engaging, with a gentle dark humour in the interactions between them. The plot trips along nicely and the historical detail is interesting, you really feel you learn something about a different era.
I had two issues with this book. First, it was set in a period during the reign of Henry III that I know little about and I occasionally got a bit lost in the politics (there were an awful lot of Fitzsomethings). Second, one of the fight scenes were so technical I had no idea what it was about - the high guard, the tail on the left or right, the Ox guard, whatever...it left me lost and there were other technical descriptions that felt the same. What I did love were the descriptions of both Ludlow and Shrewsbury - it made me want to visit both towns - well done.
I came to these novels fairly early in Vail's publishing of them and I have to say they are affable novels where the author has understood quickly that you need both a flawed sleuth and a rotund, sharp-tongued yet utterly loyal sidekick - Gilbert Wistwode in this case. It's something that works perfectly for the likes of Susanna Gregory and worked for Ellis Peters. It works here.
Our foot-maimed Deputy Coroner, a man with a pervasive sense of conscience and a desire for the truth, finds himself investigating the frozen dead teenage beauty outside Saint Laurence's churchyard. As Vail's resident humorist, Harry, remarks: "Nice day for finding corpses in the churchyard.". Whilst the inhabitants of Ludlow are falling all over themselves in commercial haste to profit off a new "saint", Stephen finds himself heading back towards Clun - where the action of the last novel occurred - to wrap up the mystery of seven dead people. A mystery set in the last novel, but never followed up by Vail till now. This time the head of the dead family - Adam Saltehus - wants to know who killed them. Lady Margaret reappears ("Baynard's List") when Stephen heads to Shrewsbury and also tasks him with finding the bandits who are robbing and murdering from four of her associates - Bromptone included, another character reappearing from "A Dreadful Penance".
What follows is a foray into archery, banditry, thuggery, brutish lords and nasty henchmen. Stephen suffers beatings, tip toes around darkened village, towns and small castles...all in an effort to trace a dandelion emblem on a salt barrel and a cursed ring. With the denouement in a carriage there is a sad confession and an understanding that "the heart is such a odd thing, it goes where it wills and can cause all manner of trouble when not properly disciplined."
All manner of trouble is precisely what Stephen is good at solving and Jason Vail is turning into a rather remarkable murder mystery writer.
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