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Bone of Contention: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2003

    Magdalene returns...

    Set in the year 1139, whorehouse mistress Magdalene la Batarde begins investigating her next murder mystery. ................. William of Ypres calls Magdalene to Oxford where King Stephen is holding council. A forced wedding changes into murder when the prospective groom (Aimery St. Cyr) is stabbed in the back. One of Sir William's men (Niall Arvagh) is the prime suspect and Magdalene is determined to find out who the real killer is. ..................... ***** Rich in historical detail and littered with many interesting characters, this novel is sure to please most everyone. The author blends a chaotic time in history with mystery and realistic people to bring us an extraordinary tale. Recommended! *****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Strong medieval mystery

    Once she was a wife to a minor lord and mistress of her own manor until her husband, in a fit of jealousy, tried to kill her and she defended herself by killing him first. She ran away and thanks to her beauty became a courtesan but even then two men were killed because of her beauty. Now, Magdalene la Batarde is determined to be her own woman. She is the whore mistress of the Old Priory Guesthouse and her patron is William of Ypres, King Stephen¿s chief enforcer. <P>William asks Magdalene to meet him in Oxford where the king is conducting a council. He needs a place to go where he can hold meetings that will be kept secret and nobody can arrange things like that better than Magdalene. She is accompanied by her lover Sir Bellamy, the Bishop of Winchester¿s chief knight and together they find a place to serve William¿s need as well as their own. While in Oxford, a series of murders occur and to protect William¿s interests (and her own sense of justice) Magdalene conducts an investigation in hopes of flushing out a murderer. <P>She is the grand mistress of medieval works of fiction and her series of medieval mysteries are some of the best ever written. One gets a sense of the era as well as learning how the different classes acted and thought. Although this is a work of fiction, the historical events are very true and make for a fascinating reading experiences. BONE OF CONTENTION will be sought after by Hope who like the Brother Cadfael mysteries and those written by Peter Tremayne. <P>Harriet Klausner

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