Could a village blacksmith and his wife have independently, and on the same day, murdered each other with two entirely different poisons? The local medicine woman doesn't think so. And neither does Kathryn Swinbrooke, physician of Canterbury, who is in Walmer with her new husband, Colum Murtagh. Kathryn and Colum are visiting on state business: the fate of nations hinges on a meeting between the local grandee, Lord Henry, and agents of the French king. Now murder stalks the land, and only Kathryn can cut through the web of deceit that descends with the Spider King's minions.
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It's not easy being a physician, a detective, and a new bride in late-fifteenth-century England, but Kathryn Swinbrook manages. This latest entry in the series that includes A Maze of Murders (2002) is once again full of death and historical detail, the latter delivered without putting readers to sleep. Kathryn and her new husband, Colum, are caught up in a spider's web of political intrigue spun by Louis XI, known as the Spider King. Also tangled in the web are the local murders of a blacksmith and his wife, both poisoned on the same day in ways and for reasons no one understands. Grace (the pseudonym of genre veteran Paul Doherty) spins a web of his own with this well-wrought tale, which includes a nicely interwoven gay-themed subplot. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, but new readers will be able to jump right in as well. Ilene Cooper
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""Kathryn is an appealing heroine, a medieval Jane Ten-nison, and this quick read is chockfull of recondite information from ancient coins to homeopathic cures."
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Book Description Minotaur Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312310145
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