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The Christmas Wassail (2013)

by Kate Sedley

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A missing persons case becomes a homicide investigation when the body is found somewhat mutilated at the abandoned castle. Roger the Chapman who was one of the two who discovered the body becomes involved in the investigation since he loves sleuthing. The investigation takes place during the twelve days of Christmas. The setting for this is medieval, but at times, the book felt more modern than that, possibly because the vocabulary was too modern. I downloaded it from the library because it was a medieval Christmas mystery, but I had not read the previous twenty-one installments in the series. I suspect my enjoyment was also marred by this. However, I was very disappointed in the ending which made me lower the score another half-point. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 26, 2016 |
This was a cozy mystery set in 1483 and 1484, in Bristol England. This mystery and its characters and events are in the culture and atmosphere of Plantagenet England in a small village starting to celebrate a few weeks of holiday merry making. Good storyline and characters.

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review*** ( )
  druidgirl | Apr 10, 2015 |
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'It's all very well him being called Marvell,' Burl Hodge grumbled, 'so long as the silly old sod doesn't think he is one.'
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Christmas, 1483: Roger the Chapman is looking forward to twelve days of peace and celebration with his wife and children in Bristol. The family is particularly excited by the arrival of a troupe of mummers, who will perform their plays in the outer ward of the castle throughout the festival. But the gruesome murders of two of the town’s most prominent and venerable citizens, both veterans of the French wars, scupper Roger’s hopes as he is gradually drawn into the hunt for the killer.
 
Once again, Roger finds himself in grave danger, but it is someone else who pays the price of his inability to keep his nose out of matters that do not concern him . . .

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Christmas, 1483: Roger the Chapman is looking forward to twelve days of peace and celebration with his wife and children in Bristol. The family is particularly excited by the arrival of a troupe of mummers, who will perform their plays in the outer ward of the castle throughout the festival. But the gruesome murders of two of the town's most prominent and venerable citizens, both veterans of the French wars, scupper Roger's hopes as he is gradually drawn into the hunt for the killer.… (more)

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