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Author: Priscilla Royal Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Medieval Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481591201

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As the autumn storms of 1271 ravage the East Anglian coast, Crowner Ralf finds the corpse of a brutally murdered soldier in the woods near Tyndal Priory. The dagger in the man’s chest is engraved with a strange, cursive design, and the body is wrapped in a crusader’s cloak. Was this the act of a member of the Assassin sect, or was the weapon meant to mislead? Ralf’s decision to take the corpse to the priory for advice may be reasonable, but he is soon caught up in a maelstrom of conflict, both personal and political. The priory is deeply divided over whether to purchase a relica decision that endangers both Prioress Eleanor’s leadership and the future of the hospital. Brother Thomas becomes a suspect in the murder, and Ralf must choose between loyalty to a friend and the demands of his brother, the sheriff. Meanwhile, the murderer watches and waits.

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  • “Terror grips a remote North Sea priory in Royal’s superior medieval thriller, her third to feature Eleanor, prioress of Tyndal. In 1271, tough-minded Ralf the Crowner, who’s trying to bring a brutal serial killer to justice, prevails upon Eleanor to allow the mangled corpse of a lowly foot soldier to be laid in the chapel during his investigation…Eleanor resists the demands of rival monks who complicate Ralf’s work with their own competing agendas…Suspense builds amid a vivid backdrop of lepers wearing ‘clappers,’ a madman who chatters warnings, venal relic sellers, and the shadowy ‘man from Acre’ haunted by guilt for his wife’s death at the hands of a sadistic crusader. Eleanor’s steadfast faith in a merciful God must contend with the vicious nature of man in a compelling resolution.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Royal continues her excellent medieval mystery series with another haunting whodunit set in the Tyndale Priory situated on the windswept East Anglican coast…A knight is slain and a young nun brutally attacked...As Ralf and Eleanor work tirelessly to expose the murderer, the priory and its adjacent infirmary are beset by a series of internal squabbles and political power struggles. Tautly woven, this introspective period piece oozes with suspense and intrigue.”

    - Booklist
  • “The well-developed plot...keeps the reader guessing.”

    - Mysterious Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great book in the series. "

    - John, 12/9/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery where a man killed outside the priory is brought in, and it makes sense that the killer has also come for shelter there. It contains subplots and twists that make it very very interesting. "

    - Cel, 10/11/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was okay--but not Cadfael! The story pace was slow and the actions not always credible--seemed like CSI in the 13th Century. "

    - Don, 10/10/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another good Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas. "

    - Susan, 5/2/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " really like the author's notes at the end of each book, with supplemental historical information pertaining to the plot. very interesting. "

    - Stephanie, 4/9/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another gem from Priscilla Royal...compelling story and character development. Can't wait to read the next one! "

    - Cathy0584, 2/11/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I was a bit disappointed in this third entry in the series-it seemed aimless and did not advance the series...all characters ended where they began. "

    - Cece, 11/28/2012

About the Author

Priscilla Royal grew up in British Columbia, earned a degree in world literature from San Francisco State University, and worked for the federal government in various positions. She is the author of the Medieval Mystery series featuring Eleanor, prioress of Tyndal, and she is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, California Writers Club, and Sisters in Crime.

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.