Strong As Death Hardcover – 1 Aug 1996
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"Fourth in a brilliant series, sparkling with historical tidbits and insight... totally absorbing adventure."--"Chicago Sun-Times""Readers who have enjoyed Sharan Newman's historical mystery series will not want to miss out on her latest and best work to date medieval mysteries to come along in years."--"The Midwest Book Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Sharan Newman won "Romantic Times" magazine's Career Achievement Award for Historical Mystery in 1999. She lives in Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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STRONG AS DEATH is a later story, and *not* one I recommend that beginners to the series should start with. [Try the first book DEATH COMES AS EPIPHANY, or the second DEVIL'S DOOR]. However, this is a fascinating book in many ways, in that it sheds light not only on the complex Christian-Jewish relations existing in 12th century France, but also the further complications of the war against the Moors (or Saracens) in Spain.
Strong as Death is one of those books that is a bit hard to evaluate. As a depiction of a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (the shrine of St James, and one which continues to be one of the holiest pilgrimage shrines), this book is indeed masterly. As a depiction of the married life of Edgar and Catherine (both with their own "baggage"), this book is also masterly. I have never felt their love more, than when realizing that Edgar must conquer his fear of heights - which I share - and that Catherine must learn how to address this fear sensitively (when she is anything but afraid of climbing). And the pilgrimage involves a trip through the Pyrenees, quite apart from any other adventures.
Where the book fails for me is is in the motivation of the murderer. I am afraid that this was a little harder to believe in, although the reason for the crime became transparent to me shortly. [The motivation was not such a shocker, as it was in DEVIL'S DOOR, for example]. I also found the way in which the murderer and the final victim(s) confronted each other to be slightly less credible than I would have wished - although it was in keeping with the murderer's previous actions.
Nevertheless, for the beautiful descriptions of the pilgrimage journey alone, this book is a keeper, to be put up right next to Ellis Peter's THE VIRGIN IN THE ICE. If you love this period - 12th century France and Spain - this book is highly recommended for its insights into the medieval mind and its vignettes of daily life. I look forward to more of Catherine LeVendeur.