Bone of Contention

Bone of Contention

by Roberta Gellis, Nadia May, Wanda McCaddon
     
 

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Magdalene la Bâtarde knows there is trouble brewing in Oxford, with King Stephen bringing together his great council and her patron, William of Ypres, immed-iately summoning her. But she never expected it would involve murder.

As the accusations fly and the debate rages in Oxford, Magdalene teams up with her old friend, Sir Itchen of Bellamy, to clear up the

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Magdalene la Bâtarde knows there is trouble brewing in Oxford, with King Stephen bringing together his great council and her patron, William of Ypres, immed-iately summoning her. But she never expected it would involve murder.

As the accusations fly and the debate rages in Oxford, Magdalene teams up with her old friend, Sir Itchen of Bellamy, to clear up the mess that threatens to lead to a political scandal. Fortunately for Magdalene, she still has friends in Oxford—her former coworkers, the whores and barmaids of Oxford, who may be able to bring her news that will help her untangle a murder.

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Publishers Weekly
Once again, Gellis proves herself a master of the medieval historical in her third outing (after 2001's A Personal Devil) to feature whorehouse mistress Magdalene la Batarde. In June 1139, Magdalene's patron, William of Ypres, calls her to Oxford, where King Stephen is holding his great council. Her reservations that something may be amiss are confirmed when the detestable Aimery St. Cyr is stabbed to death, and one of Sir William's men, Niall Arvagh of Murcot, is the prime suspect. Ensconced at her old whorehouse, the Soft Nest, Magdalene joins forces with Sir Bellamy of Itchen to find the murderer before there's a political scandal. The plot is as skillfully woven and as intricate as a medieval tapestry, though the large number of characters means the action plods at times. (The author's note at the end does much to clarify the many historical personages involved.) Meticulous attention to detail, from the takeout of cookshop food to the mail shirts men wore, and believable human characters, notably the intelligent, courageous, caring and compassionate Magdalene, help put Gellis at the forefront of this popular mystery subgenre. (Dec. 4) FYI: Gellis has won a Romance Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786189373
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Magdaline La Batarde Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Roberta Gellis has a master's degree in medieval literature and another in bio-chemistry. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Romantic Times' Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy and the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

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