Falconer's Trial

Falconer's Trial

by Ian Morson
     
 

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Master William Falconer returns in this chilling and atmospheric medieval murder mystery. - Oxford, April 1272. The Lady Ann Segrim has been murdered, and a Regent Master has been taken at the scene of the crime, red-handed. The suspect is William Falconer, but, strangely, he doesn’t deny the charges. Using Falconer’s own

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Master William Falconer returns in this chilling and atmospheric medieval murder mystery. - Oxford, April 1272. The Lady Ann Segrim has been murdered, and a Regent Master has been taken at the scene of the crime, red-handed. The suspect is William Falconer, but, strangely, he doesn’t deny the charges. Using Falconer’s own logical methods to solve the crime, Symon, along with Saphira Le Veske, Falconer’s new lover, sets out to clear his name, uncovering an extraordinary plot in the process.

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Publishers Weekly
Oxford regent master William Falconer, the hero of Morson's medieval historical series, goes to jail on a murder charge in the well-crafted seventh entry (after 2009's Falconer and the Ritual of Death). When a witness spots Falconer bending over the corpse of Ann Segrim on a garden path, his hands covered in blood, the authorities soon learn that Falconer provided the victim, who was poisoned, with a potion a few days before, ostensibly to treat an illness. Incarcerated, Falconer must allow others, including the town constable, Peter Bullock, and the academic's Jewish lover, Saphira Le Veske, to gather the clues that will spare him from execution. Among many theories to explain Segrim's murder is one pointing to her husband's half-brother, whose advances she may have rejected. Another involves a Templar plot to kill the royal family. Despite relegating the main character to a supporting role, Morson keeps the action moving briskly. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Not even Regent Masters of Oxford are safe from accusations of murder. William Falconer is a scholar who pursues knowledge in fields considered daring and dangerous in 1272. His long, but chaste, dalliance with Ann Segrim leads to his arrest when she's found murdered. Falconer's brilliance and rapier wit have made him so many enemies that it's no surprise when Chancellor Bek decides to try Falconer before the Black Congregation of college members, before the king's justices can take a hand in the affair. Noting that Falconer seems oddly reluctant to help his cause, his friends, constable Peter Bullock and newly created Master Thomas Symon, join with Falconer's mistress, Saphira Le Veske (Falconer and the Ritual of Death, 2008, etc.), to search for the real murderer. Falconer is afraid that Saphira, a Jew and a student of herbal remedies and poisons, may be accused of the crime, but there are other possibilities. Ann's husband, recently returned from a crusade, is deathly afraid of a bad-tempered knight templar he traveled with. His brother-in-law attempted to seduce Ann while he was gone. And Ann had been involved in investigating a suspicious death at a nearby nunnery. Falconer must rally and use his brilliant mind to defend himself or risk death. Another intriguing look at medieval Oxford and its mores, wrapped up in a sturdy mystery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727868268
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
William Falconer Series, #7
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Morson studied at Oxford University and lives in Berkhamsted, England. He is the author of "Falconer's Crusade."

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