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Summary

April, 1144. A body is found floating in Fladbury Mill leat, a man in green who has been stabbed but not robbed. The lord sheriff’s trio discover him to be an Evesham horse dealer, who has a beautiful young wife who ‘strays’. Did the wife or one of her lovers get rid of him? What is the connection with the lord of Harvington, who wed the man’s sister, and how did that lady meet her death? The trio have to work seamlessly together to unravel the thread that links seemingly disparate deaths before even more people die, and in the process keep Walkelin from the noose. 

©2019 Sarah Hawkswood (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd

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My favourite so far in the series

This story has been the best of the series so far. Cleverly thought out and good characters. My issue, which has been present in the series, is the author’s repetitive use of certain words and phrases: approbation, orisons, “pulled a face,” “death’s head grin,” to list a few. It seems that she latches on to a particular one and, thus, having learned its meaning, uses it ad nauseam. So, the writing is formulaic and often annoying. An increased vocabulary would make for less trite writing. Continually using “orisons” when “prayers,” “supplications,” or even “pleas,” are just as descriptive.
Matt Addis does a very good job at performing the stories and his voice characterisations are good and appropriate.

On the whole, the series is engaging and the author’s development of the age-old pairing of gruff older detective and inexperienced superior is well executed. The historical portions are welcomed and lend the right atmosphere to the story.

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Good. fiction and and interesting plot. w
with good twists and turns in the plot