A gruesome murder in a sleepy 14th-century English village sets the stage for a taut drama laced with witchcraft, depravity, and long-buried secrets.
England, 1324—a land rife with superstition and gripped by fear of the Church’s holy wrath. When a beggar is murdered in the quiet village of Bottesford, his body draped across the altar of St. Mary’s church in a perverse pose of pagan sacrifice, the Pope’s Inquisitor General places the small hamlet in his sights.
Anxious to stave off the Inquisition, the Bishop of Lincoln dispatches Thomas Lester, son of a disgraced Templar Knight, to investigate—but the Archbishop’s fanatical emissary has already arrived to conduct his own inquiry. Thomas’s investigation uncovers a viper’s nest of perfidious players: the secretive wife of the local lord, a notorious Irishwoman accused of witchcraft, and a depraved assassin who has left a trail of murder and blackmail in his wake. As this sordid drama unfolds, Thomas finds himself falling in love with a woman whose beauty is matched only by her defiance of the Church’s fearsome power.
Is the killer poised to strike again? Will the Inquisition bring its hammer down on the hapless hamlet? And could there be a real witch hiding in plain sight? The race is on to conjure the truth.
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About the Author
Andrew Gaddes grew up in Grantham, England, in the heart of the historic East Midlands. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in jurisprudence, following which he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. After meeting the love of his life when working in Brussels, Belgium, she brought him back to her home state of Pennsylvania where he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has since practiced law in and around Philadelphia. He lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kathy, and their two children, Graham and Sophie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"... there's a terrible fuss .. a dead priest ... a murder ..." In the reign of King Edward II of England (1324), a foul murder is committed in the sleepy village of Bottesford. A man with a hidden past, Thomas Lester, is sent out to investigate whilst at the same time Friar Justus arrives in search of demons and witches. The two quite naturally are at odds during the investigation, with Thomas being urged to hurry up and find who is responsible " .. lest the black friar make heretics and killers of us all ..." England during the reign of Edward II was a place of suspicion and tested loyalties, and Edward's favourites - the Despencers - set about enriching themselves at the expense of the nobility. No-one was safe from their avarice and destruction, not even the Queen. There is enough tension, drama, conflict and suspicion, to tease out the mystery; and throw in a few real historical figures to add to the authenticity, and you have the makings of a decent medieval murder mystery. ~~~ Melisende (Melisende's Library)
There's a murder in St. Mary's church in a small village in Britain . It is the fourteen century where suspicion runs rampant.. The first is a beggar splayed upon the alter. Thomas is sent by the church to investigate the murder. Is it a Pagan sacrifice of something more evil? Cecily, an outspoken beauty is too smart for her own good. She and Thomas have a mutual attraction. Dame Alice, Cecily's aunt has run away to a little house on the country to hide from the Church's torment. She has lost most of her belonging and does not want to lose her freedom or her life. It's a story of muder, witches and demons. Who is the murderer? Is anyone safe? Full of intrigue and mystery. I received this book from Net Galley and the publisher for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.