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The Foxes of Warwick by Edward Marston

The Foxes of Warwick

by Edward Marston

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While on a hunt with his hounds, local constable Henry Beaumont finds the crushed corpse of Martin Reynard. Outraged that the homicide occurred on his lands and to a former employee of his, Henry investigates the crime. Having no experience on murder cases, Henry ignores motive and opportunity to decide that only the blacksmith had the means i.e., the strength to perform this odious act. Henry places the big man in the dungeon.
William the Conqueror's Domesday commissioners Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret head an entourage handling a local land dispute. When the King's team learn of Henry's rush to judgment, they feel the constable did not do an adequate investigation. They begin their own inquiries into what really happened to Martin.
THE FOXES OF WARWICK is insightful and vividly descriptive. Even better, it contains a fabulous who-done-it with a rational twist of an ending. The characters are warm and feel real, making the age seem even more colourful for the audience.
This is the first I’ve read in the Domesday series, and I’ll definitely be coming back for more. ( )
  Jawin | Jan 2, 2013 |
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All are ready to conspire together to recover their former liberty, and bind themselves by weighty oaths against the Normans.   In the regions north of the Humber violent disturbances broke out . . . To meet the danger the King rode to all the remote parts of his kingdom and fortified strategic sites against enemy attacks,  For the fortifications called castles by the Normans were scarcely known in the English provinces, and so the English -- in spite of their courage and love of fighting -- could put up only a weak resistance to their enemies.   The King built a castle at Warwixk and gave it into the keeping of Henry, son of Roger of Beaumont . . .

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To old friends in Warwickshire where I lived for so many happy years
Fortunatus et ille deos qui novit agrestis
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'A stag in a churchyard?' he said incredulously.
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Henry Beaumont keeps a renowned pack of foxhounds: quick, brave and ruthless at the kill. Yet one December hunt, the dogs uncover more than a fox in the woodlands-brushing aside dead leaves, Beaumont finds the crushed body of Martin Reynard, a former member of his own household. Enraged, Henry swears to find the killer, though he is not trained in investigation. Before long his hot head and rudimentary skills lead him to arrest a man of questionable guilt.

Luckily, Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are in the area to settle a land dispute and are available to lend their expertise. Upon close consideration of the circumstances leading up to the grisly murder, the two Domesday Commissioners begin a full-scale investigation designed to bring the true murderer to justice, whoever he may be. Full of the impeccable historical detail for which Edward Marston is known, The Foxes of Warwick is a gripping mystery sure to fascinate both longtime fans and readers new to the Domesday series.

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Henry Beaumont keeps a renowned pack of foxhounds, quick, brave, and ruthless at the kill. One December hunt, the dogs uncover more than a fox in the woodlands - brushing aside dead leaves, Beaumont finds the crushed body of Martin Reynard, a former member of his own household.… (more)

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