Strong As Death

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As a former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. In fact, intrigue—and murder—seem to dog her path. When Catherine chose love over churchly devotion by falling in love with her Saxon nobleman, Edgar, her family had the earnest hope that married life would settle this most headstrong and unusual woman. But fate has a way of playing with mortals, and after suffering several miscarriages and the birth of a stillborn child, Catherine is inspired by a ...

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Overview

As a former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. In fact, intrigue—and murder—seem to dog her path. When Catherine chose love over churchly devotion by falling in love with her Saxon nobleman, Edgar, her family had the earnest hope that married life would settle this most headstrong and unusual woman. But fate has a way of playing with mortals, and after suffering several miscarriages and the birth of a stillborn child, Catherine is inspired by a prophetic dream. She and Edgar will embark on a pilgrimage to the fabled monastery of Compostela, to petition St.
James for a child, to take the holy waters, and to pray.

During their journey Catherine and Edgar encounter mad monks, some less-than-penitent crusaders, and a motley collection of pilgrims whose past deeds bind them all in a bizarre game of chance. When several pilgrims are gruesomely murdered,
the trail of evidence points to an old sin left unshriven and a hidden villain whose quest for revenge may end in Catherine's death.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Newman (The Wandering Arm, LJ 9/1/95) continues her masterful rendering of 12th-century France. Parisian Catherine LeVendeur and Scottish husband Edgar make pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to pray for a child in the company of ex-crusaders, monks, repentant prostitutes, Jewish merchants, and sorrowing widows. Murder seems to stalk them. As in previous episodes, the pair notice important details that help them unravel the mystery. Colorful characters and thoroughly researched culture add up to wonderful historical fiction. A necessary purchase.
Chicago Sun-Times
Fourth in a brilliant series, sparkling with historical tidbits and insight...a totally absorbing adventure.
Midwest Book Review
Readers who have enjoyed Sharan Newman's historical mystery series will not want to miss out on her latest and best work to date....Strong as Death is one of the best medieval mysteries to come along in years.
Kirkus Reviews
This fourth in a series, set in the 12th century (The Wandering Arm, 1995, etc.), finds scholarly heroine Catherine LeVendeur, once a novice nun, now married to Scottish nobleman Edgar, on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James at Santiago de Compostela—hoping her prayers for a healthy child (after two miscarriages) will be answered. It's a motley group that sets out from France on the months-long journey over the Pyrenees to Spain. In addition to Abbot Peter and his helpers, Brothers James and Rigaud, are four aging knights—Norbet, Hugh, Rufus, and Gaucher—who fought the Saracens decades before and are returning now to retrieve a buried treasure; the prostitute Mondete, ever cloaked head to toe, who rejects all friendly overtures; the wealthy widow Grisselle, accompanied by maid and guards, who's ostensibly fulfilling her late husband's mission; Catherine's merchant father Hubert, born Jewish, who's a secret practitioner of the faith; his brother Eliazer, nephew Solomon, and numerous others. By journey's end, five are dead—murdered; a long-hidden chapter in the life of Catherine's family has been uncovered; and Catherine's life has literally hung by a thread as the killer is unmasked.

A clutter of subplots; repetitive chronicles of hardships and discomforts great and small; the coyly described sex life of Catherine and Edgar; and frequently leaden dialogue make for a meticulously researched but long, wearying journey—for the reader as well as the pilgrim.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933523279
  • Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Catherine LeVendeur Series , #4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 976,905
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharan Newman won Romantic Times magazine's Career Achievement Award for Historical Mystery in 1999. She lives in Oregon.
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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Exceptional history - mystery!!!

    Since I love French history and the 12th century in particular, I found the first three books very interesting. The characters of Catherine and Edgar and all their families are even more developed in this book. I found the details and insights into the Christian and Jewish cultures just fascinating. So far, I would say this is my favorite of the books. The details of day to day life and all the new characters are wonderful, especially Mondete. The setting is perfect - everyone is on a pilgrimage to Santiageo Compostela, The Way of Saint James. And, everyone has a different reason for making the pilgrimage, even Catherine's father, Hubert, and her Jewish cousin, Solomon. I read a lot of mysteries, but this one did not disappoint. I love the way Sharan Newman weaves all the 12th century culture and history into a mystery. I can't think of anything more perfect, except maybe chocolate mousse!

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