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Cruel as the Grave (Medieval Mystery, Bk 2)
Cruel as the Grave - Medieval Mystery, Bk 2 Author:Sharon Kay Penman April 1193. England's King Richard Lionheart languishes in a German prison, and treason scents the air. Richard's younger brother, John, seizes Windsor Castle, and Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine summons her trusted personal "queen's man," Justin de Quincy, to do the impossible -- mediate a truce with her rebel son. — Ami... more »d such fateful events, the murder of a Welsh peddler's daughter seems small. But the cruel demise of the beautiful Melangell so troubles Justin that not even a threatened French invasion can keep him from investigating her death. Yet can he bring Melangell's craven killer to justice?« less
Penman does a wonderful job (in all her books) of re-creating the time period and drawing the reader in. I didn't care for this one as much as her epics, but consider that I love and adore her epics and don't take this criticism too harshly. Good beach read.
Once again, Sharron Kay Penman delivers a beautiful combination of adventure and mystery. Intelligent and descriptive, the Justin De Quincy trilogy makes you feel as if you, the reader, are there in medieval England. What is even more impressive to me, is that the third book is just as good as the first one. Satisfying and well worth the read.