A worthy heir to Ellis Peters, though grittier, materialises
Cunningly shifting sympathies among virtually all the players, Clare spotlights first Helewise, then Josse, in a detecting competition that lifts the partners above their predictable gender roles ... immersing them in a suddenly engrossing tale.
The fourth crime novel set in twelfth-century Kent reunites Abbesse Helewise and Richard the Lionheart's knight Josse d'Acquin in a rich and compelling mystery. Helewise sets off to visit Ely, uncovering not only a clever network of lies, but also, hidden in a burnt-out cottage, the horrific remains of a dead man . . .