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Late summer, 1270. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs over the land. In the small priory of Tyndal, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to routine. Their hopes are dashed, however, when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress. Only a day after her arrival, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. Now Eleanor must not only struggle to gain the respect of her terrified and resentful flock but also cope with violence, lust, and greed.

©2003 Priscilla Royal (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • GILLY G.
  • 19 05 2019

Well written well read

Exceptionally well written, exciting historical murder mystery, satisfyingly complex plot. Narrator excellent. Addictive listening right to the end!

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  • misskris
  • 15 06 2018

If you're not into sodomy, this book's not for you

I was SO disappointed with this book! I love stories set in medieval time periods, but this book was just gross. Vast majority of this plot centers around the sexual preferences of the nuns and monks. I know not all people of that era who had taken religious orders were fully invested, but this was just over sexualized. Not at all what I was looking for.

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  • Joyce Eriksen
  • 20 01 2017

Weak , bland, boring

I am very fond of historical novels. I have seen Royal's name and finally tried this one. Waste of time. Not to be mentioned in company with Penman, Dunnett, Weir output.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lilydawn
  • 19 02 2019

I’m looking forward to next book!

This was an excellent mystery set in medieval times. There is a murderer on the loose and attacking those in a religious priory of nuns and monks. It covers the historical place of educated women and the power they could have within a religious order. The struggle of a patriarchal hierarchy and the seeking of political power. The class systems of the world and the history of hospitals and growing medical knowledge help to unravel the murder of gentle old monk.
I highly recommend this book. I was impressed by the amount of medieval, social and church history woven throughout this story. I’m downloading the next book today.

I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review. I honestly enjoyed this book!

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  • N. Brown
  • 08 06 2018

Very good and thought provoking ....

Priscilla Royal is very good and is scrupulous in her research. She develops her story well, providing some twists and turns I, for one, didn't expect.
Wanda McCaddon is a very good narrator, although I must admit, I wasn't sure about her at first.
I look forward to listening to more in this series to see how the characters develop.

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  • Candy Webster
  • 10 10 2016

Wonderful Story

I truly enjoyed this story. Well-developed characters and a plot with plenty of twists. My only slight objection is to the title, which I think might have been better. Great writing. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Aliza Bat-Ami
  • 24 02 2017

Enjoyable Medieval whodunit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - an easy read for historical detective addicts, read it almost in one.

What did you like best about this story?

Eleanor, the new prioress. Intelligent, intuitive, with a sense of humour - and of course beautiful.
Also the details about the monastery life.

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

I have heard Wanda McCaddon on different books - all clear performances that help the book along with good rhythm and almost perfect diction.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is not high drama - but does have humour in the perennial quirks of people.

Any additional comments?

At the very end there are some anachronistic reflections on morality which were superfluous.

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