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The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery (original 1996; edition 1996)

by Sharon Kay Penman

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Title:The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery
Authors:Sharon Kay Penman
Info:Henry Holt & Co (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 291 pages
Collections:Your library, Reviewed
Tags:Kandice's gift, fiction, novel, historical fiction, mystery, historical mystery, middle ages, Eleanor of Aquintaine, England, medieval mystery, Plantagenet

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The Queen's Man by Sharon Kay Penman (1996)

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    mcalister: Anyone who enjoys mysteries set in the Middle Ages should not miss Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. 'A Morbid Taste for Bones' is the first in the series.

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Justin de Quincy is the well-educated but illegitimate son of a cleric who is trying to find his place in the world. While traveling to a nearby village, he narrowly avoids an ambush and discovers the dying victim is carrying a letter for Queen Eleanor. The letter contains information regarding the whereabouts of her son, King Richard the Lionheart, who has gone missing during his return from the Crusades. Eleanor is impressed with Justin's courage and honesty and asks him to investigate the man's murder. She wants to know if the killing was ordered by her youngest son, John, or another of the enemies of England. As Justin investigates the murder, he finds that several of the victim's family also had motives for his death. Justin finds himself more embroiled in the intrigues of court politics as his investigation expands. Along the way he finds friendship, love, and betrayal from some unlikely sources.

I'm a huge fan of Sharon Kay Penman but have never read any of this mystery series featuring Justin de Quincy. If I had gone into this looking for another Sunne in Splendour or When Christ and His Saints Slept I might have been very disappointed. This is much lighter in tone but is nevertheless, quite good if you happen to enjoy medieval mysteries. The characters and the wealth of medieval atmosphere is very intriguing. The plot is interesting, the dialogue is authentic without being heavy-handed, and the characters are realistic in their histories and actions. While not as deep or complex as her straight historical fiction work, you're going to enjoy this book if you are a medieval fan. Currently there are four Justin de Quincy mysteries and I'm definitely planning to read them all, starting with the next one, Cruel as the Grave.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Quite a good read. After starting When Christ and his Saints Slept I set it aside and have not picked it back up yet however, this book was quite enjoyable. I found the characters to be believable, likable and interesting and the plot kept my interest. ( )
  goth_marionette | Sep 21, 2014 |
Quite a good read. After starting When Christ and his Saints Slept I set it aside and have not picked it back up yet however, this book was quite enjoyable. I found the characters to be believable, likable and interesting and the plot kept my interest. ( )
  goth_marionette | Jul 17, 2014 |
I enjoyed it but not as much as her historical fiction. ( )
  Contusions | Sep 4, 2013 |
This is a good beach read for those who like historical mysteries. Accurately researched, fun, active, not deep. The book is set in a tense period, when Richard the Lionhearted is off on his crusade and is missing from the throne. He should be back by now, his ship should have docked a while ago, but nobody knows where he is. Penman does a good job of depicting the tension and the strategic struggles around the throne. I also like the way she draws Eleanor of Aquitaine, making her both subtle and strong. ( )
  astrologerjenny | Apr 25, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 034542316X, Mass Market Paperback)

Do you know the story of Sharon Kay Penman's first mystery novel, The Sunne in Splendour? She spent every spare moment for years--first as a law student, then as a lawyer--working on the book about Richard III. And when the only copy of the manuscript was stolen from her car, she sat down and wrote it again. Five excellent historical mysteries later, Penman has started a new series set even farther back in time. It's 1193, and King Richard has disappeared on his way back to England after fighting in the Crusades. Justin de Quincy, the well-educated but illegitimate son of a bishop, is tapped to search for the missing ruler, and he turns out to be just the chap to blow away the cobwebs that often hang over historical mystery. Other Penman picks: Falls the Shadow; Here Be Dragons; Reckoning.

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The 12th Century sleuth, Justin de Quincy, investigates a murder which could shed light on a plot to usurp the crown of England. Prince John is scheming to unseat his brother, King Richard the Lionheart, who went missing as he was returning from a crusade.… (more)

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