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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:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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... "

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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.