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Back to basics
on 15 June 2012
I always enjoy stories from the Sir Baldwin series, but the last few entries seemed to be dominated by politics, instead of a mystery. But this story is more like the series of old, with some of the political context included but not overwhelmingly so. And I am pleased for although I was always quite interested in the context (and indeed it still is in here as well), I do feel that the story should focus more on the characters involved in the detective part of the story: the families, the motivations for murder, and so on. So to me, this return to a more mystery focused story is very welcome.
I did regret the rather drastic change in the character Sir Charles of Lancaster. Always ruthless and not afraid to kill, he has just turned into an ordinary thug in this story. This is not the man who grieved for the loss of his companion Paul in France, or who aided Simon and Sir Baldwin in other stories where he was shown as a hard man, but honourable. This last is sincerely compromised in this story although his loyalty to Sir Edward is laudable. But that he just randomly kills, and lets his men act as they do is totally contrary to earlier encounters!
Finally, I liked the ending. Sir Baldwin is getting old, so perhaps a new role for him might be a good thing. All specualtion of course, but a nice kind of cliffhanger was put in all the same. And wouldn't it be great if Simon could get prosperous one again in the future? We will have to wait and see!