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The Poisoned Serpent
The Poisoned Serpent
Author: Joan Wolf
Norman England has little to celebrate in the new year of 1140. The country is immersed in a bitter civil war from which no one is immune, including Hugh de Leon, heir to an earldom. His Uncle Guy has arranged his marriage to the spoiled daughter of the newly named Earl of Lincoln. It is a merger that will combine two of the land's largest fortu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061097461
ISBN-10: 0061097462
Publication Date: 6/1/2001
Pages: 384
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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justreadingabook avatar reviewed The Poisoned Serpent on + 1680 more book reviews
Just fell in love with this and the other book she wrote with Hugh. The storylines and characters are so well written and you will find yourself reading till the very end.
A great read.
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Joan Wolf appeared on the medieval mystery scene with No Dark Place, which introduced readers to Hugh de Leon, a young 12th-century Norman accustomed to living by his wits, who unexpectedly discovers that he is heir to the powerful Earl of Wiltshire--and must grapple with the complications that accompany a lightning-fast rise in station. Since Hugh, however, is (of course) a natural paragon of grace, strength, and beauty, readers shouldn't worry about his ability to adapt. What they should worry about is the sad tendency for his nearest and dearest to get themselves into scrapes that only Hugh can get them out of.
In The Poisoned Serpent, Bernard Radvers, loyal friend to Hugh's late foster father, stands accused of murdering Gilbert de Beauté, Earl of Lincoln and pompous fool. Hugh feels the blow all the more sharply because of the motive attributed to Radvers: to help Hugh--declared by his uncle as betrothed to Gilbert's lovely and self-centered daughter--succeed to the earlship. Hugh's investigation leads him into the tangle of treacherous alliances that define English society during a civil war that pitches knight against knight, where loyalty can be bought with a title, and silence with a knife. He must face a phantasm from his past as well: the charismatic Richard Canville, son of the Sheriff of Lincoln. Hugh knows that Richard's handsome face hides a cold heart; does it also hide a murderous intent?
mayqueene avatar reviewed The Poisoned Serpent on
Very good, a quick read and I found it to be very grabbing. I would love to see some more of Ms. Wolf's books with these characters again.


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