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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Priscilla Royal Narrator: Vanessa Benjamin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Medieval Mysteries Release Date:
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The summer of 1273 is peaceful for most of England, except in the village of Tyndal, where Martin the cooper has been poisoned at the local inn. Martin had enough enemies, so the killer could be anyone. It could be his usual whore, who is about to be tossed aside for another woman; it could be the innkeeper’s niece, who has secret reasons for fearing him; or perhaps it’s the blacksmith, a man whose temper might have exploded when he was mocked once too often.

This crime has naught to do with the priory, but Prioress Eleanor grieves for her friend, the newly bereaved Crowner Ralf, and offers what help she and former apothecary Sister Anne can. But when her own problems multiply, Eleanor has good reason to regret her kindness. Her new anchoress terrifies her servants and welcomes visitors to her window at night. One of those visitors has been Brother Thomas, a man the prioress secretly loves and whose loyalty to her as head of Tyndal Priory is now suspect.

Bodies multiply. Suspects disappear. No one likes the direction the evidence points, but God’s justice must be rendered—even for the forsaken soul. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent…Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that twenty-first-century readers will recognize as their own.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Vanessa Benjamin…provides an atmospheric reading. She clearly differentiates between the religious and coarse country folk, as well as between the sexes. She easily delivers the strong emotions of the story and depicts the deep superstition and awe-laden religious context of the period.”


  • “As the author of Forsaken Soul and Chamber of Death, I wanted you to know how delighted I have been with the readings of my works by Vanessa Benjamin. Not only does she have a wonderful voice for works set in thirteenth-century England but she has caught the characters perfectly with inflection and accent. Many thanks for having her do the audios of my books. It has been a pleasure to listen to her read them.”

    Priscilla Royal

  • “The latest Priscilla Royal medieval mystery is a clever historical whodunit that uses a vivid background to enhance an engaging investigation.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cece | 11/4/2013

    " I'd rather give this 3.5 stars. The characters continue to grow and develop in this series, but it is the second in which the solution of the mystery is through sudden intuition-getting a little samey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynne | 7/15/2013

    " Apparently, this book is the fifth in a series. I think that I would have enjoyed it far more had I realized that at the onset. I don't think that it works terribly well as a stand-alone book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane | 6/20/2013

    " Oh-oh, this series is beginning to plod a bit. Back to something less repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shirley | 4/14/2013

    " Excellent mystery. Very well done. "

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