Plague Land (Somershill Manor Series #1)

Plague Land (Somershill Manor Series #1)

by S. D. Sykes

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Plague Land 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was unable to read past the 1st page....sad, horrifying..
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
A Medieval Murder Mystery My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock! Lord Oswald de Lacy has returned to Sommerhill Manor to rule as Lord after the Great Plague killed his father and two older brothers. He was to go into Holy Orders, common for the third son at the time. He has no training whatsoever in taking care of an estate. Now as he is the only de Lacy male, he is forced to become a man a bit too soon. A young girl is found murdered in the lands surrounding Sommerhill Manor. Her name is Alison Starvecrow, and she has been murdered with a knife. Unfortunately for Oscar, a pompous priest named Father John of Cornwall usurps his authority and claims the girl was slain by the dog-headed men. The more Lord de Lacy tries to get back to finding the murderer, the more Father John whips the people’s superstitions. Then the sister of Alison, Matilda Starvecrow disappears… This story starts the Sommerhill Manor mysteries, which go on the sequel, The Butcher Bird by the same author. It is a time of fear and loathing in England and the Bubonic plague has devastated the country, killing thousands. Entire households are wiped out by The Black Death. With the terrible disease, superstition held sway of the populace, and there were Church Elders who used it for their own personal gain. From his rather quiet life at the Monastery, young Oscar de Lacy is thrust into the chaotic mess of trying to run an estate. Father John of Cornwall is a cunning man, and sensing de Lacy’s inexperience works hard to bring the Lord of Sommerhill down. The pace is swift and the plot is frantic. The action brings Oscar to the brink of destruction as the power of John of Cornwall spirals out of control. Oscar has arrested a woman for the murder of Alison Starvecrow, but he cannot prove it. Father John insists that the devil in the form of the dog-headed men has done the deed. The truth of what happens is brilliant! I have no intention of spoiling anything. I will say that I do not think you will see this one coming. You will enjoy the book very much I am sure! I give this book five stars! Quoth the Raven…
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good view of 14 century manor life and a challenging murder mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago