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Chains of Folly (2006)

by Roberta Gellis

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Fourth (and so far, last) of the Magdalene la Batarde historical mystery series set in medieval England and featuring a whorehouse mistress as the main character. When a whore is found dead and propped up in the Bishop of Winchester’s dining chair, the bishop sets Sir Bellamy to finding who wished to besmirch his character and why. Set with the backdrop of the recent ascendancy of King Stephen (the bishop’s brother) to the throne of England, political plots abound. Bell seeks Magdalene’s help and both of them remain somewhat tortured trying to sort out the nature of their relationship and their feelings for one another. But they manage to set this aside and work to solve the bishop’s mystery. Enjoyable trek back in time, though the mystery was quite easily solvable. ( )
  Spuddie | Sep 26, 2008 |
Fun, although the older I get the quicker you lose me with perfect protagonists. On the third page the heroine is described as "impossibly beautiful" and I almost put it down right there. However, the story held me despite its failing attempts to make me sympathize with Impossibly Beautiful Always Emotionally Composed Highly Successful Brothel Madam Shut Up Already About How Great She Is Heroine.
  atheist_goat | Sep 16, 2008 |
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"That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop." -- Jacket.… (more)

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