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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharan Newman Narrator: C. M. Hébert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Catherine LeVendeur Mysteries Release Date:
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This novel in Newman’s series of medieval mysteries featuring Catherine LeVendeur takes place in the twelfth century amidst Europe’s religious and political turbulence and intolerance. Catherine, wife of one-handed Edgar, daughter of a Jewish merchant, and mother of two small children, is a Christian convert. Agnes, her estranged sister, has returned to Paris with the news that she is to marry a German lord. She wants no part of her Jewish family, except the sizable dowry her father can provide.

After Agnes departs for Germany, her family receives terrible news: Agnes’ husband has been murdered by poison and Agnes herself is the prime suspect. Catherine, putting their differences aside, goes undercover in the dangerous anti-Semitic climate of Germany to save her sister’s life and possibly lose her own in the effort.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich in detail and description, The Difficult Saint is a sumptuous read for all those who love historical novels.”

    RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars

  • “Readers looking for quality historical fiction ought to add Newman’s name to their lists of must-read authors. In addition to providing readers with a vivid look at life in France in the twelfth century, Newman also offers absorbing stories with well-drawn sympathetic characters.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “Newman is a novelist with considerable insight…Catherine and Edgar are, after all, not the movers and shakers, but the moved and shaken. It is how they live their lives through what we call ‘history’ that makes us realize how we, ourselves, are living through what will one day be the ‘history’ of others.”

    Historical Novel Review

  • “An absorbing and entertaining narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Newman deftly conveys clues in the constant flow of the everyday life of Catherine’s medieval society.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Students and others interested in the period will find much to enjoy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristi Thompson | 10/28/2013

    " Nicely done historical. Painful to read about the plight of the medieval Jews, and the complacent prejudice of even the "good" christians. The mystery was a little poorly integrated; not really a whodunnit, or at least that wasn't the focus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by KJ | 4/10/2013

    " "Oh, dear. Cathars." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jewell | 5/25/2012

    " Enjoyed reading about Catherine and Edward and their family again. I had not read one in this series for many years. I had forgotten about her sister Agnes. Good mystery too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily Lovelace | 3/2/2012

    " This was the first Catherine LeVendeur book I read, and I was hooked! I love Catherine and have read every book I can get my hands on since! "

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About the Author
Author Sharan Newman

Sharan Newman is the author of the Catherine LeVendeur series as well as three historical novels chronicling the life of Guinevere: Guinevere, The Chessboard Queen, and Guinevere Evermore. She lives in Aloha, Oregon.