The summer of 1273 is peaceful for most of Englandaexcept in the village of Tyndal where Martin the cooper has been poisoned at the local inn.
Could the murderer be his usual whore who is about to be tossed aside for another woman? Or the innkeeperas niece with secret reasons for fearing him? Perhaps the blacksmith did it, a man whose temper might have exploded when he was mocked once too often. Martin had enough enemies. The killer could be anyone.
This crime has naught to do with the priory, but Prioress Eleanor grieves for her friendathe newly bereaved Crowner Ralfaand offers what help she and former apothecary Sister Anne can.
When her own problems multiply, Eleanor has good reason to regret her kindness. Her new anchoress terrifies her servants and welcomes visitors to her window at night. One of those visitors has been Brother Thomas, a man the prioress secretly loves and whose loyalty to her as head of Tyndal Priory is now suspect.
Bodies multiply. Suspects disappear. No one likes the direction the evidence points, but Godas justice must be renderedaeven for the forsaken soul. Forsaken Soul is the fifth novel in the Medeival Mystery series.
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Series:||Medieval Mystery Series , #5|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Priscilla Royal is the author of the medieval mysteries Tyrant of the Mind and Wine of Violence. She was born in Seattle, grew up in British Columbia, and now resides in Northern California. She is a member of the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am thoroughly enjoying these midieval mysteries. The simple spirituality of the main characters may be a bit forward from the actual time, but there are just enough Pharasees to make it realistic. It presents also an interesting conundrum for a prioress who is attracted to a monk, without so far any actual comprimises and this is a rather refreshing portrayal of platonic love. The mysteries are not terribly highbrow, nor completely unpridictable, but a few twists and turns will keep you wondering. Start with #1 in the series...they do build on themselves.
In 1273, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal struggles with issues. First the nearby villagers openly disapprove of the nightly visits that her new obstinate anchoress Sister Juliana is doing Eleanor has failed to get her to understand that perceptions are everything to the locals even if the woman is not committing any sins. Second the spouse of her close friend Crowner died giving birth to a daughter. Finally she fears she may be breaking her vows as she is attracted to Brother Thomas.------------ However, that all seems trite when abusive Martin the Cooper, loathed by all, dies while lying with a prostitute at an inn. Eleanor and Ralf believe the bully was sent to hell via poison. Soon others also die by poisoning as Eleanor and Ralf investigate serial murders that lack a tying motive.------------ The latest Priscilla Royal medieval mystery (see JUSTICE FOR THE DAMNED) is a clever historical whodunit that uses a vivid background to enhance an engaging investigation. Eleanor is terrific as she realizes her personal problems seem mundane and insignificant when the homicides begin. Readers will appreciate her efforts along with those of Ralf to solve the homicides before others prematurely meet the creator.---------- Harriet Klausner