A Shrine of Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke, Bk 1)
A Shrine of Murders - Kathryn Swinbrooke, Bk 1 Author:C. L. Grace Being the First of the Canterbury Tales of Kathryn Swinbrooke, Leech, and Physician — Kathryn Swinbrooke is an independent practitioner of medicine, discovering the benefits of an apple-rich diet for teeth, and prescribing herbs and vinegar for almost every known malady. Canterbury's tourist trade, already jeopardized by the ... more »War of the Roses, is further imperiled by a spate of poisoned pilgrims, each corpse accompanied by the appearance of a line or two of rough verse, in style remarkably similar to Geoffrey Chaucer's soon-to-be famous work. Suspecting the murderer is a doctor, the Archbishop asks for Kathryn's help. In a fascinating hunt that pits her against the august town physicians, Kathryn is aided only by her wits, her foul-mouthed, warmhearted servant Thomasina, and Colum Murtagh, a powerful Irish mercenary. While successfully demythologizing the period and people, the author offers thoughtful insights into such modern concerns as wife-beating and feminism.« less
This is the first in the Kathryn Swinbrooke series. In this first mystery, Kathryn and Colum Murtagh work together to solve a series of crimes connected to the shrine of Thomas Beckett. It is a very entertaining mystery story with realistic fun characters. I look forward to see how these characters are developed in later works.