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The sins of the father : a mediaeval mystery
2012
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C. B. Hanley teaches university courses on writing for academic publication and is a copyeditor and proofreader for the academic journal Reinvention .
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The year is 1217, and all forces in the Yorkshire region are gathering at the Earl of Surrey's castle and preparing to head for battle against the invading French. With extraordinarily bad timing, a much-reviled visiting nobleman is murdered, and the killer must be apprehended before the men head out. The Earl appoints young Edwin Weaver, son of the dying bailiff, to investigate. Initially daunted, Edwin quickly draws upon his own common sense and the expertise of others to figure out the closed-room case. He discovers the castle is full of scandals and that someone will kill again in order to keep them secret. VERDICT Medieval scholar Hanley begins a trilogy with an admirable debut. Abundant foreshadowing in a horrific prolog sets the stage for a slowly unfolding drama. With just enough red herrings for those who delight in puzzling out identities and motives, the mystery may be solved by some readers before the brand-new sleuth uncovers the killer. Excellent crossover appeal for historical fiction buffs as well. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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1217: England has been invaded. Much of the country is in the iron grip of Louis of France and his collaborators, and civil war rages as the forces of the boy king try to fight off the French. Most of this means nothing to Edwin Weaver, son of the bailiff at Conisbrough Castle in Yorkshire, until he is suddenly thrust into the noble world of politics and treachery: he is ordered by his lord the earl to solve a murder which might have repercussions not just for him but for the future of the realm. Edwin is terrified but he must obey; he takes on the challenge and learns more until he uncovers a horrific secret which has been dead and buried for fifteen years, a secret which might kill them all - and realises there are some questions to which he might not wish to know the answers. The first book in C.B. Hanley's popular Mediaeval Mystery series .
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