Personal Devil: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery

Personal Devil: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery

by Roberta Gellis
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Personal Devil: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Old Priory Guesthouse is definitely a misnomer because it is a whorehouse run by Madame Magdalena La Batarde. She has powerful patrons including her landlord the Bishop of Winchester and the king¿s man to protect the popular Madame. Magdalena treats her employees as valued family members so when Sabrina leaves to become a mistress to Mainard Saddler, Magdalena gives her blessing.

When Sabina returns ¿home¿ upset because someone murdered Mainard¿s wife, Magdalena tries to calm down her former girl. Magdalena enlists her wannabe lover Sir Bellamy of Itchen to help clear Mainard¿s name not yet realizing how many people with motives rejoice in Lady Saddler¿s death.

As usual, Roberta Gellis combines her love for medieval times with her storytelling talent to write a novel with appeal to romance, mystery, and historical fiction lovers. The period tidbits are accurate as a result of meticulous research that augments a strong plot with depth that provides a colorful picture of the twelfth century¿s merchant¿s class during the reign of King Stephen. The audience will want to learn more about Magadalena¿s story in future novels in this exciting series.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Sabina had left the Old Priority Guesthouse and her life of whoring to accept an offer from the saddler, Master Mainard. Mainard's wife, Bertrild, refused his bed due to the horrible birthmark on his face. Sabina, however, was blind and saw only the wonderful man inside, the man behind the scarred face. Mainard and Sabina had found love! But even though Bertrild cared nothing for her husband, she still demanded Mainard send Sabina back to the whoremistress! He refused.

Soon Bertrild was found murdered. Her body was located in the yard of Mainard's shop. Evidence showed she had been killed elsewhere. Fearing Mainard would be accused of killing his wife, Sabina went to her ex-mistress, Magdalene la Bartarde for help. Magdalene called on her friend, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, to help her solve the mystery. Only a month before, Magdalene and the good knight had solved another case together. This murder would be even harder though, for it seemed everyone had reason to hate Bertrild enough to want her dead!

**** Excellent mystery that left me baffled! I had it all wrong! Here is one that will test the best of mystery solvers out there! Set in the Medieval era, the author created an unique pair of crime solvers (a Madame and a Knight) that cannot help but intrigue all types of readers! Highly recommended! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch