- 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: 1,153,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tyrant of the Mind: A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries (Poisoned Pen Paperback)) Paperback – 6 Jan 2010
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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 is the author of the medieval mysteries Tyrant of the Mind and Wine of Violence. She was born in Seattle, grew up in British Columbia, and now resides in Northern California. She is a member of the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime.
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Excellent introduction to a series. Looking forward to the rest.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would have given it five but it did seem to meander at times, overall a good book would recommend it.Published on 25 Feb. 2014 by Ray coles