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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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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 |
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 |
A medieval murder mystery, focusing on Justin de Quincy, illegitimate son of the Bishop of Chester, who agrees to investigate a murder on behalf of Eleanor of Aquitaine. I like Penman’s work and this was a little lighter glimpse into the world of her other medieval books. [Oct. 2010] ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
Read this one before, but it's worth a revisit. Young Justin de Quincy is down on his luck and about to head to London to find employment when he rides to the rescue in a roadside ambush. The dying man is carrying a letter for Queen Eleanor and Justin makes good a rash promise to deliver the letter. He does so and the news it contains has wide reaching implications - so much so that the Queen then tasks him with finding out who killed the original messenger and why. Justin is not necessarily the most well equipped person to do this, but he gets there in the end. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 1, 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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