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Tyrant of the Mind: A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries (Poisoned Pen Paperback)) Paperback – 6 Jan 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; US trade ed edition (6 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590582829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590582824
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The chill that pervades Royal's second medieval historical (after 2003's Wine of Violence ) stems not just from the bitter winter besetting the Welsh
border castle of Wynethorpe but also from the murderous tensions that afflict its occupants. The illness of Richard, grandson of Baron Adam of Wynethorpe, has brought home the boy's aunt, Eleanor, prioress of Tyndal, as well as her companions, Sister Anne, a nun skilled in medicine, and Brother Thomas, a handsome and unwilling monk. Jealousy, lust, fear and treachery lead to murder, perhaps committed by Eleanor's brother, Robert, who's found standing with a bloody knife over the freshly slain victim. It's up to Eleanor and her oddly matched companions to prove Robert's innocence before medieval justice delivers its swift and violent verdict. The author carefully renders the hardships of surviving the harsh winters without obscuring the small pleasures that people of the period enjoyed. Eleanor, forceful or diplomatic by turns, is an engaging and resourceful her oine,
and Brother Thomas shows surprising depths and strengths. Royal brings her 13th-century world vividly and artfully to life in a series sure to have a bright future. -- Publishers Weekly (11.2004)

About the Author

Priscilla Royal grew up in British Columbia and earned a B.A. in World Literature at San Francisco State University, where she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. She is a theater fan as well as a reader of history, mystery, and fiction of lesser violence. When not hiding in the thirteenth century, she lives in Northern California and is a member of California Writers Club, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. www.priscillaroyal.com


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I have read all the series so far, and this was the most slow to develop from a plot point of view. The chemistry between Brother Thomas and the Prioress was the most frustrating of all in this book, sometimes found myself wishing they would just get on and get it on with each other. The relentless struggle of them both about their physical feeling for each other dominated this one, and it sort of got in the way more than in the other books. Even so, I enjoyed it.
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this murder mystery with occasional unconscious humour where the dialogue is more 21st century than 13th. Aside from this eccentricity the research is excellent and the yarn doesn't disappoint. Would certainly read another P. Royal book.
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I've enjoyed all the books in this series. Set in a medieval convent this series give an evocative snapshot of what it would have been like for those cloistered women.... With a bit of murder and mystery thrown in for good measure!
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This is the first of Ms Royal's books that I have read and I sincerely hope that this isn't considered her best work. Set in medieval England the story basically a whodunnit. The principal character is the prioress of a mixed gender priory in East Anglia who, together with a small retinue, visits her brother, the local lord, in his castle on the Welsh border. While she's there she attempts to solve a couple of fairly routine domestic murders. That's about it.

The story could have been set anywhere at any time period. There is an almost total lack of historical content and the characters are predictable and lack originality. The dialogue drips on endlessly and frequently goes nowhere and (other than one scene where a man gets kicked between the legs for no apparent reason) there is no real action to have you on the edge of your seat.

The sad thing is that Ms Royal is actuaslly seems to be a talented and able writer but this novel certainly doesn't bring out the best in her. It only cost £1 so I mustn't grumble too much. In fairness to her I will buy another of her books very soon and if I have done her an injustice to her ability with this review I will gladly write another to correct the matter
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An excellent follow up to Wine of Violence. The combination of Eleanor, Thomas and Anne forms a great crime busting team, a very interesting but violent period in English history.
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This book was a good read.Not a real page turner but well written and a good story.I am looking forward to the next instalment.
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With her usual skill characters and scenes are well drawn. Suitably twisted skeins of the plot unfold to a surprise ending.
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Enjoyable. Except that 13th century English contains a lot of american spellings and words (e.g. the word 'gotten' being used frequently). This jarred. The story telling was good though.
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