It is October 1477 and Roger the Chapman is surprised to find himself feeling restless again. He is driven towards Plymouth, and on arrival is confronted by the brutal murder of a wealthy old man. The chief suspect has completely vanished and Roger is on the trail.
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Kate Sedley, a student of Anglo-Saxon and medieval history, lives in England. She is married and has a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. The Saint John's Fern is the ninth novel in her critically acclaimed series featuring Roger the Chapman.
British author Sedley (The Weaver's Inheritance; The Goldsmith's Daughter; etc.) offers a vivid picture of day-to-day life and politics in 15th-century England in her latest mystery featuring her peripatetic peddler and part-time sleuth, Roger the Chapman. Despite being recently and happily married to his second wife, Adela, Roger feels his old, familiar restlessness and sets off in October of 1477 for Plymouth, where he learns of the murder of Oliver Capstick, an elderly recluse "bludgeoned to death in his bed." Master Capstick, a wealthy tradesman, held the purse strings for a profligate great-nephew, Beric Gifford, who is the prime suspect because of his fiery temper and his refusal to marry his uncles choice. Beric seems to have disappeared after eating the leaves of the Saint John's fern, which certain superstitious souls believe made him invisible. Reports of Beric's being spotted pique Roger's curiosity and prompt him to investigate. Complications ensue when Roger becomes the scapegoat for a second murder and he must help exonerate one of his new friends. A great, black brute of a horse, a swineherd and his mettlesome, obstinate pigs loom large in his wanderings, while a signet ring and a velvet hat provide important clues. A well-laid if drawn-out plot builds to a logical if incongruous ending that should please the faithful and even win a few new converts.
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Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11074726810X
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