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

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  • 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)
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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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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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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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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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Enjoyed the story, i like how the characters are developing, it was good to meet Eleanor's familiar and i would like to know what happens to Robert especially.
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