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A bitter honey
on 9 April 2009
First Sentence: With the celebration of Eastertide at the end of March, a warm spring radiance had descended on Lincoln.
Templar Knight Bascot de Marins is recovering in the castle at Lincoln after eight years captivity and torture in the Holy Lands. Someone has poisoned a scribe of the castle and the family of a merchant in the town. The poison is traced to a high-grade honey and the poisonings were deliberate. It is also realized that the victims where not those intended. The first victim was to have been the castle's castellan, who asks for Bascot's help in finding the killer.
I very much enjoyed the first two books of this series, but the third wore a bit thin. It is a classic investigative mystery, which was well done, but short on dialogue and contained very little suspense. Although we know something of the primary characters, there is not a lot of depth provided to them. The sense of time and place was adequate but not rich or terribly evocative. In all, I'd have to say this was a good read, but not much more than that.
In all, I'd have to say this was a good read, but not much more than that.