Strong As Deathby Sharan Newman
As a former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. In fact, intrigueand murderseem to dog her path. When Catherine chose love over churchly devotion by falling in love with her Saxon nobleman, Edgar, her family had the earnest hope that married life would settle this most headstrong
As a former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. In fact, intrigueand murderseem to dog her path. When Catherine chose love over churchly devotion by falling in love with her Saxon nobleman, Edgar, her family had the earnest hope that married life would settle this most headstrong and unusual woman. But fate has a way of playing with mortals, and after suffering several miscarriages and the birth of a stillborn child, Catherine is inspired by a prophetic dream. She and Edgar will embark on a pilgrimage to the fabled monastery of Compostela, to petition St.
James for a child, to take the holy waters, and to pray.
During their journey Catherine and Edgar encounter mad monks, some less-than-penitent crusaders, and a motley collection of pilgrims whose past deeds bind them all in a bizarre game of chance. When several pilgrims are gruesomely murdered,
the trail of evidence points to an old sin left unshriven and a hidden villain whose quest for revenge may end in Catherine's death.
A clutter of subplots; repetitive chronicles of hardships and discomforts great and small; the coyly described sex life of Catherine and Edgar; and frequently leaden dialogue make for a meticulously researched but long, wearying journeyfor the reader as well as the pilgrim.
Meet the Author
Sharan Newman won Romantic Times magazine's Career Achievement Award for Historical Mystery in 1999. She lives in Oregon.
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Since I love French history and the 12th century in particular, I found the first three books very interesting. The characters of Catherine and Edgar and all their families are even more developed in this book. I found the details and insights into the Christian and Jewish cultures just fascinating. So far, I would say this is my favorite of the books. The details of day to day life and all the new characters are wonderful, especially Mondete. The setting is perfect - everyone is on a pilgrimage to Santiageo Compostela, The Way of Saint James. And, everyone has a different reason for making the pilgrimage, even Catherine's father, Hubert, and her Jewish cousin, Solomon. I read a lot of mysteries, but this one did not disappoint. I love the way Sharan Newman weaves all the 12th century culture and history into a mystery. I can't think of anything more perfect, except maybe chocolate mousse!