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A Personal Devil (Magdalene la Bâtarde Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Roberta Gellis has the ability to take history and bind it, and the details of everyday life, within her tales in such a way as to make the whole thing natural and utterly seamless. It's as though she's absorbed the life and times of the age, and is putting them on the page as matter-of-factly as a modern writer would use electricity, telephones, the Internet. I've only once in this book been shaken out of the period, and that was for a single use of that grating Americanism "I guess", which I'd doubt very much was used then. There are a few instances of two words running together, but on the whole this book is error free, and I loved every minute of it. If you enjoy accurate, historical murder mysteries with brilliantly-portrayed characters about whom you want to read more, this is a book and a series for you.
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