Wine of Violence: A Medieval Mystery #1: An Historical Mystery (Medieval Mysteries)
It is late summer in the year 1270 and England is as weary as its aging king, Henry III. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs like smoke over the land. Even in the small priory of Tyndal on the remote East Anglian coast, the monks and nuns of the Order... show more
It is late summer in the year 1270 and England is as weary as its aging king, Henry III. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs like smoke over the land. Even in the small priory of Tyndal on the remote East Anglian coast, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to tranquil routine. Their hopes are dashed, however, when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress over someone of their own choosing. Nor are Eleanor's own prayers for a peaceful transition answered. Only a day after her arrival, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. Now she must not only struggle to gain the respect of her terrified and resentful flock but also cope with violence, lust and greed in a place dedicated to love and peace.
Publish date: 2011-10-30
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Pages no: 249
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Murder Mystery
, 13th Century
Series: Medieval Mysteries (#1)
So, on the plus side, despite serious RL interventions progress on my card is well under way, with four squares (including the centre / free / raven square) marked "called and read"; three of these in a row -- plus reading for the remaining two squares of that row also in progress -- and several mor...
It got an extra half point for potential. There were some rough bits in it but overall it was a good read, or rather a good listen. The pre-amble putting things in context was interesting and the social interactions between the characters was interesting. I would like to read more in this series a...
Series: Eleanor of Tyndal Medieval Mystery #1 I liked the idea of this novel, but something about it didn’t really work for me. I liked Eleanor and Thomas and the rest of the characters, but the writing seemed a bit clumsy. It just didn’t flow all that well, and I found the first-person POV chapte...
I don't usually write two reviews in one day (sometimes, alas, not two in a week!), but today reading has been more comfortable on my eyes than a lot of other activities, so here's a second review. Wine of Violence is a historical mystery, set in 1270. Tyndal Priory, a "double house" (one with bo...
Short and to the point. The mystery occurred and then it was solved. Nothing was drawn out and over thought. The author did a brilliant job developing characters in a minimal amount of pages.