The serenity of Hawkenlye Abbey has been disturbed by the arrival of a new nun and her two young sisters. Recently orphaned, Alba has left her convent in Ely to take her grieving sisters from the scene of their sorrow. Abbess Helewise is not convinced of her selflessnessSister Alba is a mean-spirited and turbulent presence. Her anxieties grow when her friend Josse d’Acquin is brought to Hawkenlye, half-dead from blood poisoning. Then a body is discovered, and one of the sisters goes missing. In order to discover the truth behind Alba’s flight to Hawkenlye, Helewise sets off for Ely, where she uncovers a clever and chilling network of lies.
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Alys Clare's Hawkenlye mystery series is engrossing, entertaining, and intelligent. The series focuses on two main characters, a thoughtful former knight and an insightful abbess, whose emotional connection and deep friendship grow with each book. The mysteries the two solve are always original and there is nothing trite, formulaic, or predictable about the stories. Clare has obviously done her historical research, for her depictions of medieval daily life come alive in the small details and she feels no need to lecture or teach the reader. Each book can be read without having to start with the first book in the series, but I highly recommend beginning with the first, Fortune Like The Moon, to better appreciate the characters and the evolution of their friendship. If you are looking for intelligent mystery that requires the reader to think and yet still feel the thrill of escapism, look no further.