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Excellent medieval murder mystery
on 9 April 2015
This is one of Sharon Penman's shorter novels and once again features the medieval sleuth, Justin de Quincey, who is devoted to the protection of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, as she seeks to ransom her captive son Richard the Lionheart, rightful King of England. The sly Prince John, who would happily inherit the throne in the event of his brother's death, seems to be involved in a plot to betray Richard and the finding of a missing and damaging document is at the heart of this well paced story.
There is a wide cast of believable characters: the good, the bad, the beautiful, the honourable and those who would slit a throat without mercy. Justin and his companions discover much that could put their lives at risk, and at one point it seems that a lingering death in a gruesome dungeon will be the sad end to his life.
This is a well plotted story featuring the people and events behind the lavish court and its ruthless Plantagenet jostling for ultimate power and a very good one it is. In particular, the beautiful pilgrimage destination, Mont St Michel, is wonderfully described. The further adventures of Justin de Quincey are not to be missed.