Good medieval mystery whose location is a 1270 Priory run according to the Order of Fontevraud where a woman is in charge of both monks and nuns. There are plenty murders to investigate. The author's characters are also very human and deal with such things as power, envy, ambition, love, and sexuality as they struggle in there quest for God. Recommend and will read more by this author.
There are not too many roles for women in a position of authority in medieval England, prioress is one of the few. I truly enjoyed this mystery which is more about monks than nuns - why are they being murdered? While there is a little overemphasis on the inexperience of the young, newly appointed Eleanor of Wynethorpe, the story is a good one and the plot turns interesting to the end. Can't give too much info without spoilers, but if you like a good historical whodunnit, I think this is a good one.
This is a really good historical mystery set in England during the rule of Henry III,set in a small Priory when their prioress dies rather than the individual that they wanted for the job, an young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is chosen. There is a lot going on, right after she gets there, a Brother Thomas comes to the Priory at the same time a monk is murdered. Also one of the priests have been siphoning off some of the money that comes into the Priory. this is a great story all the way around,it may be a place of monks and nuns but you still have greed and lust and murder.