Sorrow Without End (Medieval Mysteries (Poisoned Pen Paperback)) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2006
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'Intriguing plot, chilling conclusion and all the potential to evolve into a series as enduring as Ellis Peters' Publishers Weekly.
'Anyone who hasn't read Priscilla Royal's mysteries yet is in for a treat' Sharon Kay Penman.
'A superior historical' Publishers Weekly. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Priscilla Royal was born in Seattle, grew up in British Columbia and now lives in Northern California. She has a degree in world literature from San Francisco State University and is the author of nine books in the Medieval Mysteries series.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One could I suppose draw parallels between the two leading characters of Priscilla Royal's books and those of Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d'Aquin in the Alys Clare medieval mysteries or even with Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf in Peter Tremayne's Irish medieval mysteries. All of these characters are portrayed as real, honest to goodness human beings who have their frailties, i.e. sinful thoughts and sinful deeds and are far removed from the whiter than white, celibate characters that many of the clergy are portrayed as in books by other author's.
The story revolves around the discovery of the corpse of a brutally murdered soldier near Tyndale Priory. There is a dagger in the man's chest and the knife is covered in strange designs and the body is wrapped in the cloak of a crusader. Crowner Ralf decides to take the body to the priory, but he may yet live to regret this decision. It is not long before Brother Thomas becomes a suspect in the murder and Ralf's loyalties begin to tear him apart. Who does he side with, his brother the sheriff, or loyalty to an old friend . . .
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Involving, satisfying story, but not the best choice for those who want straightforward resolutions. Royal excels at writing real-feeling characters with mixed motives complicating their obligations. She could have spent less time in people's heads, however - all those musings and reflections sometimes made the plot drag. The title is not clearly related to the storyline but could be a reference to an important subplot, and the vague titles have not been a strong point of this series. I still intensely dislike the whole Eleanor/Thomas romance subplot and consider it irritating as well as distracting. Not everyone falls in love with every member of the opposite sex they come into contact with, or even all those they like or admire! It weakens the storyline and the series would be better off without it. Spelling, grammar, and formatting of the Kindle edition were fine.
This is a fine novel, full of historical information while remaining an intriguing mystery. As with most series, it is always fun to see characters develop, to see relationships change, and to guess what might happen in the future. I enjoy the attention to historical detail that Royal displays.
Give this book a shot: you'll be glad you did.
A distraught man brutally murders another returned crusader while on the road to Tyndal. The man, who watched the crusader rape and murder his infidel wife while in Outremer, is overcome with grief and guilt, believing himself responsible for his wife's death.
Ralf the Crowner (investigator for the sheriff) believes the murdered may be hiding among the sick and dying in Tyndal's hospital. Ralf, with Eleanor's tenuous support and assistance, conducts the investigation within the bounds of Tyndal. Ralf, his assistant, Eleanor, and Brother Thomas interview suspects and possible witnesses, seeking clues or inconsistencies.
As a lover of historical fiction, I found this story to be an interesting page-turner. The details of the time and the description of the priory meshed with the story, feeling real. I believe the author has done her research. I recommend the book.
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