Consolation for an Exile (Chronicles of Isaac of Girona)

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The spring of 1355 brings unexpected changes in Girona. For Isaac the physician, it is time to bid farewell to his student Yusuf, who has become a well-loved member of the family. Yusuf heads to Grenada to meet his real family after they thought him dead for years. Leaving Girona and its problems behind, Yusuf faces challenges of his own as he tries to acquit himself appropriately at the court of his cousin in Grenada. Though he is overjoyed to see his family, two narrow escapes from danger lead him to believe that someone within the castle walls is less than happy about his return. Fleeing for his life, the boy heads for the only truly safe haven he knows.

As political, religious, and familial intrigue once again converge on Girona, Isaac copes with the sudden passing of a patient. Now, Isaac must use all his skills and every clue at his disposal to untangle an elaborate web of lies, secrets, and ambition-before another victim is claimed.

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Caroline Roe is the pseudonym of acclaimed mystery author Medora Sale. She is a graduate of the prestigious Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies.

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Canadian author Roe's solid eighth entry in her series to feature blind Jewish physician Isaac of Girona (after 2003's A Poultice for a Healer) satisfies more as a historical novel than as a whodunit. In the spring of 1355, Isaac's comfortable household in Spain is shaken when his young Muslim apprentice, Yusuf Ibn Hasan, obeys a summons by a powerful relative, the emir of Granada, to return to Granada. Long thought missing by the emir's court, Yusuf soon narrowly avoids a number of attempts on his life. Meanwhile, a new patient of Isaac's, Raimon Foraster, seeks medical help for his insomnia and bad dreams, which concern death by immolation. The doctor looks for a psychological basis for the symptoms and investigates a number of newcomers to Foraster's home. A fatal poisoning deepens Isaac's inquiry. A major unresolved plot thread sets the stage for the next book, but the revelation of the murderer's identity and motivation is unremarkable. The author's depiction of 14th-century Spain rings as true as ever (she's been justly compared to Ellis Peters, creator of Brother Cadfael), though some readers may wish that Isaac's ethnicity, culture and religion figured more in the plot than they do. FYI:Roe, who's real name is Medora Sale, has twice been nominated for an Anthony Award.
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