This is the fifth in a series about Abess Helewise and Josse d'Aquin as they solve murders in the middle ages.
#5 Helewise/Josse medieval mystery set at Hawkenlye Abbey. Prince John makes an appearance in this book, paying Sir Josse a visit looking for a supposed criminal believed to be in the area, but Josse is suspicious because of the Prince's personal involvement. When the half-decomposed body of a young man several weeks dead is discovered near Hawkenlye, Josse wonders if there is a connection to the Prince's visit. Another mystery that the Abbess and the Knight, who is one of King Richard's retainers, must put their heads together to solve. There was a large flashback in time lasting several chapters where you went to about 50 years previous to the time of Josse's father Geoffroi, and I think that may be the reason I didn't like this book as well as the others in the series so far; it was distracting.
Clare writes of further "adventures" of Sir Josse & Abbess Helewise. Clare has begun exploring and including more mysticism in the books starting with the previous book "Chatter of the Maidens". It doesn't detract from the novels unless you cannot accept that type of phenomenon. Like the previous books this one is a fast read, the characters are well written and the premise believable.
interesting addition to the series