Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness

by Sharon Kay Penman

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Prince of Darkness by Sharon Kay Penman

The Edgar®-nominated author of the medieval mysteries featuring Justin de Quincy places the Queen’s Man far from home—and in the presence of a most cunning foe...

Justin de Quincy has been lured to Paris by his nemesis, Prince John, on a mission of mercy. The prince is suspected in a plot to kill his brother, King Richard. Despite John’s hunger for the crown, he’s unwilling to put himself at risk for regicide—and he wants Justin’s help in discrediting the document that implicates him.
Justin only concedes to John’s request when he realizes that the welfare of the woman he serves, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is also at risk. It is a concession that will take him to a bloody chamber at Mont St Michel, to a putrid dungeon in Brittany, to a murderous encounter in a Paris cemetery, and to the unraveling of a conspiracy that might have changed the course of English history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440622762
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2006
Series: A Medieval Mystery , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 99,486
File size: 654 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Kay Penman is the author of historical novels including the medieval mysteries featuring Justin de Quincy. Among writers who admire her work are Margaret George, Steve Berry, George R. R. Martin, and Bernard Cornwell. Her readers are passionately committed. A lawyer by training, with the publication of her first novel (The Sunne in Splendour—a stunning rendering of the life of Richard III) she became a full-time writer. She has lived in England and Wales and currently resides in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

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Prince of Darkness (Justin de Quincy Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The ransom for King Richard the Lionhearted is gathered and his mother Eleanor goes to Germany to pay it. Prince John is unhappy with the news; he is more perturbed that Lady Constance of Brittany, the mother of a possible rival as heir to the throne Arthur, possesses a letter that implicates John in a plot to assassinate his royal brother.--- John knows the letter is a forgery and through subterfuge he gets Justin de Quincy, the Queen¿s man, to come to Paris where he convinces his visitor that Eleanor would want him to prove the document is a fake. During their investigation, Justin and his companion see an ally of the Prince die at the hands of an assassin¿s knife. They are charged with murder and brought to Constantine¿s manor to linger in her dungeon until they die. By the time they are freed, the killer has vanished, they have no proof and Richard is home believing his younger brother a traitor. Justin reluctantly returns to England pleading the Prince¿s case to Eleanor hoping she will see justice occurs by interceding between the brothers.--- Fans of Roberta Gellis¿ historical novels will definitely want to read Sharon Kay Penman latest medieval thriller PRINCE OF DARKNESS as the story contains a terrific mystery and a great look at the upper class lifestyle especially the royals during the Middle Ages. The hero may not like his assignments, but regardless of how he internally feels he always does his best. Readers will cherish him and hope he finds happiness as he has earned it. As usual Ms. Penman provides a spotlight that shines on a bygone era with an intensity and illumination rarely seen.--- Harriet Klausner
john257hopper on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Okay, and a fairly fast and enjoyable read, but the author's straight historical novels are considerably superior to her mysteries in my view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is always a pleasure to read Sharon Kay Penman. These mysteries as well as her historical fiction always enlighted the readers to the lives of these historical characters. Any fan of the Lion in Winter should read her books.
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cbsarver More than 1 year ago
I enjoy medieval stories, if you do too you will enjoy this book very much. It's well written and has surprisingly funny things written in here and there that made me giggle.
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