The Nightingale Gallery (Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, Bk 1)
The Nightingale Gallery - Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, Bk 1 Author:Paul C. Doherty, Paul Harding It is 1376, and the famed Black Prince has died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III. The crown of England is now left in the hands of a mere boy -- the future Richard II -- and the great nobles have gathered like hungry wolves around the empty throne. — A terrible power struggle threatens the country, a... more »nd one of London's powerful merchant princes is foully murdered within a few days of Edward’s death. Coroner Sir John Cranston and Dominican monk Brother Athelstan are ordered to investigate, and the body count begins to rise, Cranston and Athelstan are drawn ever deeper into a dark web of intrigue.« less
The book was disappoint at first, but about half way into it, it became very interesting With Brother Athelstan billed as "a worthy successor to... Brother Cadfael," I had high expectations. I'm not sure yet that Athelstan and Sir John have the same full trusting relationship as CadFael and Hugh, but we'll see what happens in the next book in the series.
I thought the characterization of Brother Athelstan was very good. However, some of the other characters, including Sir John, the other major player, seemed two dimensional.