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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roberta Gellis Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Magdalene la Bâtarde Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181964
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Roberta Gellis, the acclaimed author of The Roselynde Chronicles, is in top medieval form with this second tale of life—and death—in twelfth-century London.

Magdalene la Bâtarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. Together with the handsome Sir Bellamy of Itchen, she solved the murder of Baldassare the Messenger, but this time the murder victim is none of Magdalene’s business.

She is not in the least bit sorry to learn that Bertrild, the unpleasant wife of Master Mainard, is dead. Bertrild once accused Magdalene of corrupting her father and causing his death. In fact, Bertrild was insulting to most people, making threats and using terrible revelations as a weapon against those who would not bow down to her demanding ways. However, when it seems that Mainard will be charged with Bertrild’s murder—because no one accepts the oath of a whore that he is innocent—Magdalene decides to investigate.

Fortunately, Sir Bellamy is back in London doing his master’s business. Unable to refuse Magdalene, he agrees to help her, and the two set out to solve the murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinary talent.”

    John Jakes, bestselling author of Charleston

  • “In addition to a well-crafted plot, moments of heart-stopping suspense, and a dramatic conclusion, the author provides poignant glimpses into the humanity of her characters, particularly the women of the guesthouse.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Personal Devil is an excellent blend of historical romance and mystery, with both sides equally balanced. The character of Magdalene is exceptionally strong and vivid, bound to please those who love both genres of fictions.”

    Romantic Times

  • “Yet another authentically detailed medieval mystery featuring a proactive feminist as the detective.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth Sisley | 10/7/2013

    " Loved all Roberta Gellis books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne Tommy | 6/27/2013

    " A harmless enough early medieval murder mystery, although the band of friendly prostitutes that are the main characters are somewhat preposterous. Good for a quick read on the bus! But sadly lacking in comparison to something like Cadfael. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Callista | 1/22/2013

    " Interesting details about daily medieval life, but I didn't really like any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 9/27/2012

    " Excellent mystery, set in the 1100s. I love the language and details. This is an audio book. I love the reader... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 8/16/2012

    " An enjoyable audio historical mystery (read by Nadia May) set in England during the reign of King Stephen. I really liked all the characters and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 6/20/2011

    " Second in the series. Gellis does a great job of depicting 12th century life in England -- politics and social dynamics. Looking forward to the third. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 1/6/2011

    " One of the worse books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/27/2010

    " Good medieval mystery. The characters are interesting, if not probably historically correct--I think the bishop is more tolerant of women than a man of his time would be, but it kept my interest. I listened to it while helping to paint a friend's house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/12/2010

    " Luv this more than i can say...a must read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 8/8/2010

    " Casting a net for more medieval mysteries... Writing is clunky at times, but I liked it enough to go searching for the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 6/9/2010

    " Loved the subject, the characters, fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 1/14/2010

    " Well-researched medieval mystery. Need to seek others in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/30/2009

    " good. setting:1100's brothel - protagonist: madame "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/13/2009

    " Listened to this. Great reader. This is the first in a series of mysteries set in the 10th century in Britain. Really liked it. Characterization is very good with a great picture of the era. Will look for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 11/10/2008

    " Gellis is one of my favorite medieval authors. Excellent writing and terrific story-telling. This is the first in the Magdalene la Batarde series. "

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About the Author
Author Roberta Gellis

Roberta Gellis has master’s degrees in medieval literature and in biochemistry. She is the author of numerous novels and the recipient of many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberta Gellis lives on Long Island with her husband of more than fifty years and her Lakeland terrier, Taffy.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.