The Lancelot Murders (Merlin Investigation Series #2)

The Lancelot Murders (Merlin Investigation Series #2)

by J.M.C. Blair

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Throughout Camelot, he is whispered to be a magician, a sorcerer, a wizard. But Merlin is merely a scholar, a practitioner of medicine, and King Arthur’s trusted advisor. Though he possesses no otherworldly abilities, his keen intellect grants him certain powers of deduction.
Arthur, king of all the Britains, has not been fortunate in his marriage. His queen, Guenevere, has long kept her own court in the forbidding castle known as the Spider’s House, living there openly with the knight Lancelot. Still, even Merlin, who has little use for the pair, would never have predicted that they would plot to present themselves to the Byzantium Empire as the rightful rulers of England!
They plan to announce this at Guen’s birthday celebration, to which Arthur is invited. Forewarned, King and counselor make their own plans for thwarting the two. But as the guests gather, Guenevere’s father is found murdered—and Lancelot is the prime suspect. Merlin is inclined to leave the faithless knight to his fate—yet when his king bids him to, he risks his very life to find the truth.

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ISBN-13: 9781101050613
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Series: Merlin Investigation Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 491 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Camelot is a leaky aging castle that contains secret passages and crumbling ruins yet remains the seat of power of King Arthur of Britain. His is not an easy rule ever since his Queen Guinevere hatched plots to unseat him and replace him as the ruler of the realm. Guinevere resides at Corfe Castle, better known as Spider House. Her lover Sir Lancelot lives with her. Merlin and Arthur learn they married and she has met with the Byzantine Empire representatives as if she and her new "spouse" are the true monarchs instead of the love-struck fool on the hill. She is throwing herself a birthday bash in which foreign ambassadors from all over Europe are coming. Merlin, who gets touchy when called sorcerer as he believes he is a scientist, persuades Arthur into allowing the gala to happen; only he will meet with the European VIPs. Things go awry culminating with Lancelot standing over the corpse of Guinevere's father while assassination attempts are made on Arthur. Merlin concludes the Queen's sire was murdered and finds the weapon. He believes Lancelot is innocent, but considers allowing the seditious knight to take the fall. Reluctantly at Arthur's bequest, Merlin head to the castle of Guinevere's parents to find the clue that will catch the sly killer. This is not the Camelot of legend, but instead a country filled with intrigue, double crossing, betrayals, and ambitious people especially an unfaithful queen who believes she is better suited to rule. Arthur pines for his treacherous wife and by default allows Merlin to set the standards of rule based on justice for all. This angers the aristocracy of whom many support the bodacious seditious queen as she demands a return to the proper order of noble superiority. Ironically Arthur is an average person except for his steadfast belief in creating a better society while dealing with backstabbers starting with his beloved. As with THE EXCALIBUR MURDERS, J.M.C. Blair provides a majestic and enthralling mystery Harriet Klausner