At the request of the Duke of Clarence, Roger, the travelling chapman, accompanies a young bride to meet her betrothed. When he delivers her, the bridegroom has vanished, shortly followed by his brother. Roger links the disappearance to an ancient manuscript written in a strange language.
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Kate Sedley, a mother and grandmother, lives in England with her husband.From Publishers Weekly:
Those who have enjoyed the sleuthing of Sedley's 15th-century peddler Roger the Chapman know what a feast of storytelling, historical detail and clever crime solving awaits. Those who haven't should give the series a try (The Holy Innocents, etc.). In the seventh book, as summer draws to a close, Roger begins his journey through southwest England to his family in Bristol. A few days' walk from home, his duke asks him to escort a young bride, Cecily Armstrong, to her relations after the groom, Peter Gildersleeve, fails to meet her as planned. Arriving at the pilgrimage town of Glastonbury, Roger learns that Peter has disappeared, seemingly into thin air. Peter's mother and intended enlist the peddler's aid in finding the missing groom, whose bookishness and secretiveness have aroused suspicions of his dabbling in black magic. Roger's own religious beliefs and monastic training at Glastonbury Abbey make him well qualified to solve the puzzle. When ancient scrolls written in an archaic language surface and Peter's brother vanishes, Roger realizes that his investigation is far from straightforward. Using local legends and myths as a foundation, Sedley portrays late medieval England with remarkable clarity and vividness. Through credible characters, from the restless Roger to the susceptible Cecily, she provides insight into the beliefs and events that shaped people's thinking without digressing or condescending to her readers. Less adept historical mystery authors would do well to study her example. (Jan. 6)
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Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110747258775
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