#1 Domesday medieval mystery set about twenty years after William the Conqueror takes Britain by storm. Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are traveling around compiling The Domesday Book, in which a sort of census is taken along with recording what lands are owned by whom so that the appropriate taxes can be paid to the King. Summoned to the town of Bedwyn near Savernake Forest by the local miller regarding a dispute with the local Abbey over some tracts of land, Ralph and Gervase arrive only to discover that Alric the miller has died--the apparent victim of a brutal wolf attack--throat ripped out and bleeding in the stream. This seems a little too coincidental for our sleuths, and they set out to find who stood to lose by the knowledge the miller would have given to the King's men.
I quite enjoyed this introduction to the characters of Ralph and Gervase, with a solution to the murders that I didn't see coming at all. Lots of period detail and atmosphere which was excellent, though the writing style on the whole is just a bit dry in places. I have a couple more of these and will definitely continue on reading, though.
A nice medieval whodunit, this mystery was written in 1993, so its been around for a while. Set in the days when the Domesday Book was being written, a team from the King shows up in Bedwyn town to resolve a dispute over some land. The complainant is found with his throat torn out, but the team doesnt believe there are really wolves on the loose in the forest. I liked the various characters of the investigators soldier, accountant, priests. I dont know if this was the first of the series or not but I settled into it comfortably, not feeling like Id come in to the middle of the story.
Medieval mystery. Very good.
This is a medieval historical mystery set in the time of William the Conqueror, who sends out Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret to investigate the complaints about entries into the Domesday Book. The Domesday Book series is "inspired by actual entries in the Domesday Book". Sent out to investigate a claim, the King's men find that the claimant has been savaged and killed by a wolf, or is it murder?