At the end of a dark and dreary market day, Goody Anne's inn at Tonbridge is finally settling down for the night. But while Anne's serving maid and boy finish up their chores, a man lies dying in the guest chamber-poisoned by a piece of pie made by Goody Anne herself.
Josse d'Acquin, a knight with a knack for solving mysteries, is troubled by the news of the stranger's death. Josse has been a regular visitor to Goody Anne's, and he hates to think that Anne-or her fine cooking-has fallen suspect. He rides off to the scene of the crime and starts his own investigation.
When Josse discovers wolf's bane in the remnants of the pie, he knows that someone must have tampered with Anne's cooking. And when he learns that a charming, handsome nobleman ordered a piece of that very pie, Josse is convinced that the poison was meant for this upper-class guest, and not for the poor stranger who died alone in Anne's guest chamber.
After failing to persuade the Sheriff that the death was suspicious, Josse turns to his old friend, the formidable Abbess Helewise. Weakened from a severe bout of fever, the Abbess nonetheless provides a thread of common sense as Josse follows the trail of murder into the ancient, mysterious Wealden Forest, and finds something there that will change his life forever . . . .
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Hawkenlye Mystery Trilogy , #3|
|File size:||747 KB|
About the Author
Alys Clare divides her time between Tonbridge, England-in the area where Tavern in the Morning is set--and her ancient stone cottage in Brittany. The author of two previous Hawkenlye mysteries, Fortune Like the Moon and Ashes of the Elements, she has also studied archaeology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Alys Clare lives in Tonbridge, the area where the Hawkenlye mysteries are set. Her first medieval mystery, Fortune Like the Moon, is available from St. Martin's Press.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Richard I honors his loyal knight Josse d¿Acquin by giving him the house New Winnowlands. The Queen Mother Eleanor confirms the gift, which included no rent for his new home located near Tonbridge. However, with Richard overseas, John demands Josse pay rent on the property. While struggling with his ire and what to do, Josse becomes diverted when somebody dies at the nearby inn. The knight makes it his business to clear the owner by establishing that the intended target was somebody else. When Josse tries to track that person down, he is knocked unconscious. He wakes up to see that he is being taken care of by a seven year old boy, whose mother is a lady in hiding wanted by her second cousin. Joss, who is very taken with the lady and her son, vows to protect them, even if it means sacrificing himself in the process. Readers will get a picture of what life was like for the different classes of people in medieval England after reading THE TAVERN IN THE MORNING. The hero of this tale is a chivalrous knight, a man who takes care of those less fortunate even when it becomes dangerous and definitely inconvenient. Alys Clare knows how to spin a great historically accurate tale. Harriet Klausner