Newman writes engaging historical mysteries and this one is no exception. I've been reading my way through all the Catherine LeVedeur books and haven't been disappointed yet. I must admit, I found this one a bit slow going at first, but then suddendly I was hooked and hard-pressed to put it down.
These are great books! I have all but 2 of them, and have read all but 2. I just can't put them down.
The history is wonderfully done, not dry but it paints a very vivid picture of what life wa like then.
The charaters are perfect, they could walk right out of the book. They have flaws, and are very human, and I love them. They seem real, which as far as I am concerned, makes a great book. The mysteries are complex and twisting, and it is hard to put them all together, but I like that. It's not much of a story if you can figure out the mystery before the charaters do.
I highly recommend this series. These will NOT be re-listed from ME. But I am sure you can find some here.
When the mummified arm of St. Aldhelm is stolen from the Salisbury Cathedral in England, Catherine LeVendeur must find the lost reliquary to save those she loves. The Wandering Arm is an absorbing, richly authentic adventure.
Third in the Catherine LeVendeur medieval mystery series, this one set in Paris. A relic has been stolen from the Salisbury Cathedral, the arm of St. Aldhelm, a Saxon bishop. Catherine and her husband Edgar are implored by her father to assist in finding it and bringing those who stole it to justice. Meanwhile, a shady member of the Jewish community appears on Elizar's doorstep asking a favor and is turned away, only to die a few days later in Elizar's basementâon top of Catherine, who had gone down there to get some beans from a crock for dinner. Suspicion against Elizar by his own people puts a big strain on family relations. Very enjoyable book in the series, difficult to put down.
As a former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. In fact, intrigue--and murder--seem to dog her path. Catherine chose love over churchly devotion by falling in love with her Saxon nobleman, Edgar, and her family earnestly hoped that married life would settle this most headstrong and unusual woman.
But heaven has a way of playing with mortals. The mummified arm of St. Aldhelm is stolen from the Salisbury Cathedral in England and Edgar is approached to help find the Anglo-Saxon relic and bring it safely home. Suspicion is cast upon the Jewish community and the Christian authorities are anxious to find a scapegoat. The fragile detente between the Christians and Jews of Paris threatens to collapse and Catherine and Edgar must race to find the lost reliquary to save the honor--and lives--of those they love.