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Salisbury, 1226

A young pregnant woman is found tangled in reeds in the river Avon, her identity a mystery. Grieving widow Ela Longespée is determined to succeed her husband as sheriff of Salisbury, and quickly takes charge of the investigation. She soon finds herself in the thick of a neighborhood scandal and a struggle to maintain her authority. With multiple suspects, can she identify the true killer?
 

©2019 J. G. Lewis (P)2020 J. G. Lewis

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Anachronisms aplenty.

A rather weak plot, ending in an unconvincing and uninspired dénouement. Littered with jarringly modern idioms and anachronisms - most irritating when they pop up in dialogue. Most damning, I found myself caring less and less about the characters as the story unfolded, and less still in the outcome of this medieval whodunnit.

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struggled

I struggled though the start of this audio book, but enjoyed the ending and am warming to the character, will try book 2 , however may return , see how it goes .

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A thoroughly enjoyable story a beautifully read.

It's a nice change to hear a story of this period centred around a strong female character. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Jeffrey J.
  • 20-12-20

eh, okay

The mystery itself is decent and the setting is accurate enough (to my layman's ears), but the characters aren't given thoughts and motivations that would make sense in 13th century England, and there are jarring anachronisms. If you can put that aside, it's a good read. I'll read the next in this series but I think this author might be better suited to a contemporary setting.

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  • D. B. Levy
  • 05-12-20

Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love that it's based on a real woman who lived over 800 years ago. I was invested in the characters almost from the beginning and did not guess the murderer in advance, which is a huge compliment to the writer.

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  • Robert
  • 28-04-21

Another Medieval Mystery Gem

A great yarn with likeable characters, and a plethora of motives for murder. a bit formulaic, but enjoyable. I am admittedly a medieval mystery genre junkie, so bear that in mind. 😉

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  • AKowalczyk
  • 23-04-21

Wonderful !!!!

Loved this novel— and that the protagonist is based on a real historical figure. The plot is well developed, and several credible suspects appear as the tale unfolds. The narration was perfect! Can’t wait to listen to the next one!

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  • Gail N.
  • 19-01-21

Entertaining medieval mystery

I enjoyed this take on a police procedural set in medieval England featuring a heroine based on a real historical character. Ela of Salisbury is a feminist ahead of her time. I very much like the fact that she is deferred to and respected by the other characters, mostly men, and that she shows intelligence, kindness, and a generosity of spirit. She takes command of her castle quickly and, in her role as sheriff, she energetically pursues the culprits and brings them to justice despite being in deep mourning over the loss of her husband. I look forward to the other novels in the series.