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The summer of 1273 is peaceful for most of England, except in the village of Tyndal, where Martin the cooper has been poisoned at the local inn. Martin had plenty of enemies; the killer could be anyone. Prioress Eleanor grieves for her friend, the newly bereaved Crowner Ralf, and offers what help she can. But when her own problems multiply, Eleanor has good reason to regret her kindness.

Her new anchoress terrifies her servants and welcomes visitors to her window at night. One of those visitors is Brother Thomas, a man the prioress secretly loves and whose loyalty to her as head of Tyndal Priory is now suspect.

Bodies multiply. Suspects disappear. No one likes the direction the evidence is pointing, but God's justice must be rendered - even for the forsaken soul.

©2008 Priscilla Royal (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that 21st-century readers will recognize as their own." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Wadie
  • 03/10/2010


I agree with some of the other reviewers. The reader is excellent. The story she is reading, while some of the details are interesting, is tough to slog through. This isn't the first book in the Prioress Eleanor series. The characters in this book behave in ways related to events in previous books that are not explained to us. Some of the plot doesn't make sense for this reason.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 07/08/2010


Don't waste your money - difficult to slog through. Main characters very shallow, poorly developed, and without apparent redeeming characteristics. This was especially true for the Crowner who was portrayed as an unlikeable, clueless oaf. My dislike of this book lies not with the reader, but with the text.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sheila
  • 03/08/2010

Very interesting for the historian

While the story may not be especially praise-worthy, the way it is written and presented IS. I love books about the religious life of the middle ages and have never read/heard one as fascinating as this. I have a totally new vision of what life in the 13th century might have been like. The author has a prosaic tenor to her story, which lends itself beautifully to the illusion. How I wish I had the command of our language she has.
It does appear that this is not the first in this series of books based on the characters central to this story, but it was not an unbearable problem. I must now, however, seek out the earlier books, for I truly loved the author's writing style. She is not only a thorough historian but a beautiful writer as well. I do recommend this book for those who enjoy visiting the distant past in a believable way.
(for the feminists in the crowd, it will reveal a bit about just how far we have come in these 8 centuries.)

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lehua of Pacifica
  • 27/02/2009


This is not one of literature's greats, but it's a good read. The characters are original and interesting, and facts about time and place are presented in an informative yet natural way. The author does a poor job of making this a stand-alone, with references to past events that are either not tied in or tied in clumsily, but I still found it worth the purchase. I will read more of her titles.

AUDIO: Good job.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Mysticalsister
  • 07/12/2009

A medieval slog

i'm trying to finish this book, but it's very convoluted. The characters are confusing and the entire point is lost on me. Some authors give too much information, with this one, I don't think she's given enough. Good reader, though, so 2 stars.

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