The Holy Innocents

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Upon his arrival at the village of Totnes, peddler-cum-sleuth Roger the Chapman hears of a band of outlaws who allegedly murdered two missing children, but he must use his detective talent to find the real killers, while fighting to save his own life. Reprint.

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Kate Sedley's fifteenth-century mysteries featuring the mystery-solving peddler known as Roger the Chapman are a fine example of the increasingly popular genre of historical mysteries. Roger believes he is called by God to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Skelton children, who were spirited out of their stately manor and found murdered in the forest. Ric Jerrom reads the tale as though he too were divinely inspired. Characters are subtly but convincingly portrayed, and his gentle voice reassures the listener that truth shall triumph despite what seems like an impossible puzzle to solve. D.L.G. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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The mysterious murder of two children captures the determined curiosity of Roger the chapman, the 15th-century English peddlar with a nose for detection, recently met in The Weaver's Tale (1994). With the War of the Roses a distant backdrop, the recently widowed Roger arrives in the town of Totnes, where he is asked to guard a fine house in the absence of its owner, Eudo Colet. A tavernkeeper, intimating witchcraft, tells Roger about the strange disappearance and death of Mary and Andrew, Colet's stepchildren, who had recently lost their mother, heiress Rosamund Crouchback. The children's nurse, a poor cousin of the dead heiress who hates Colet, asks the chapman to investigate. It was believed that the children, whose mutilated bodies were later found in the river, could not have left the house unobserved. At the time of their disappearance, Colet had been in the company of a town notable. Probing the seemingly prosperous and contented village society, Roger uncovers deep wells of greed and jealousy. As in the three previous Roger the chapman tales, Sedley weaves a compelling puzzle into the vividly colored tapestry of medieval English life.
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