First âRoger the Chapmanâ medieval mystery series set in 1470's England. I've been waiting awhile to read this book and must say it's worth the wait. It's one of the best first-person POV books I've read in a long time. In this book, we meet a young Roger as he leaves the Abbey of Glastonbury, a former novice monk, now a traveling chapman or peddler. His first destination is the city of Bristol, where he meets the cook and housekeeper of a local Alderman who introduces him to his first mystery, a young man of the house who disappeared in London a few months ago. Well-written, with interesting historical detail and an episode in history that I also encountered in Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendour, but with a decidedly different twist. More! More!
This series was a suggestion via PBS so I requested a couple of titles out of curiosity, always reluctant to 'invest' too many credits on an unknown venture. I LOVED the start and now have my wish list filled w/ titles from the series.
Written in the first person narrative almost as an autobiography of an old man reflecting on what he's learned from his go round here on Earth. There's a good rhythm and flow to the story and the narration that keeps you engaged. The mystery is compelling and the characters quickly developed. Ms. Sedley is an excellent story teller!
This is one of a series of books by Kate Sedley featuring Roger the Chapman (peddlar) and his exploits as medieval mystery solver. From the back cover: Young Roger the Chapman - or peddlar - earns his living selling lace and silk throughout the English countryside, but solving puzzles is his real passion. When he's approached by a wealthy alderman to find his missing son, Roger jumps at the chance to put his talents to use.