The Enchanter's Forest (Hawkenlye Series #10)

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It is midsummer 1195. An impoverished man claims to have discovered Merlin’s tomb and builds a hostel for pilgrims while spreading the word that his find is a place of miracles. This blasphemous intrusion is deeply resented both by the community at Hawkenlye Abbey and the pagan people of the forest. Though the finger of blame points at both communities following the man’s murder, the perennial sleuths Josse d’Acquin and Abbess Helewise soon discover that other parties also had an interest in his death. ...

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Overview

It is midsummer 1195. An impoverished man claims to have discovered Merlin’s tomb and builds a hostel for pilgrims while spreading the word that his find is a place of miracles. This blasphemous intrusion is deeply resented both by the community at Hawkenlye Abbey and the pagan people of the forest. Though the finger of blame points at both communities following the man’s murder, the perennial sleuths Josse d’Acquin and Abbess Helewise soon discover that other parties also had an interest in his death. His wife does not seem distressed at his passing, possibly because she is pregnant despite having not slept with her husband for nearly six months.

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A knight, a nun and a mysterious forest dweller combine their talents to solve mysteries. Abbess Helewise of Hawkenlye is deeply troubled when Florian of Southfrith claims to have found the bones of Merlin in a mystical forest. Because his discovery has diverted pilgrims from Hawkenlye, Helewise asks Sir Josse d'Acquin to prove that it is a hoax. The Domina of the forest people (the forest people consider the shrine an abomination) sends Josse's former lover Joanna and their daughter Meggie to guide him on a trip to France, where Merlin's actual grave is reputed to lie deep within the Broceliande forest. The journey proves difficult and dangerous. Josse and Joanna, resuming their love affair, are stalked by a man who plots their deaths. Back in England, the discovery of Florian's body, presumed murdered for the money he was carrying, ends Helewise's immediate problem. Unable to ignore the murder, however, she sets her mind to solving it while consoling his beautiful, demanding widow. Josse finds his Christian faith shaken by the real power he feels from the sites of the old religion. In the course of helping Helewise solve the crime, he discovers some disturbing facts about his own background. Clare's latest fantasy set in the England of the 1100s (Heart of Ice, 2006, etc.) is better enjoyed as mystical history than detective fare.
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“A detecting competition that lifts the partners above their predictable gender roles . . . immersing them in a suddenly engrossing tale.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“This is no murder-by-numbers writer . . . Clare draws utterly believable characters who have warmth and humanity.”  —Derby Evening Telegraph, on A Dark Night Hidden

“Proof that a writer of medieval crime fiction can deliver something fresh.”  —The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340923863
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Hawkenlye Series , #10
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alys Clare is the author of the Hawkenlye Mysteries series. She is a history enthusiast who has written many novels under a pseudonym.

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