Martin Jensen The King's Hounds

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The King's Hounds

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The year is 1018 and the war with England is finally over, but the unified kingdom ruled by Cnut of Denmark is far from peaceful. Halfdan has lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, now he wanders the country aimlessly powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a bookish former monk, the two set out together for Oxford, the seat of the new king. The pair’s arrival in court coincides with news of a murder, and Cnut has an idea only a king could get away with: Why not enlist Halfdan and Winston — the Danish womanizer and the upright Saxon intellectual — to defuse a politically explosive situation? They’re given just two days to solve the murder and they set off to uncover the truth, on the order of the king and with the reluctant assistance of the agitated townspeople.

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Bestselling Danish novelist Martin Jensen was born in 1946 and worked as a teacher and a headmaster in Sweden and Denmark before becoming a full-time writer in 1996. The author of twenty-one novels, he has been honored by the Danish Crime Academy twice and was awarded the Royal Library’s Prize for his medieval novel Soldiers’ Whore. He and his wife are botany enthusiasts who also enjoy bird-watching and gathering mushrooms.

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Fans of historicals looking for something different will find much to savor in Jensen's first book to be translated into English, a mystery set in 11th-century England. Winston, a former novice monk who's become an illuminator of manuscripts, receives his most high-profile assignment yet when the consort of Cnut of Denmark, who recently conquered England, asks him to paint the king's portrait. On the way to Oxford, where Cnut holds court, Winston joins forces with Halfdan, a roguish half-Dane, who rescues him from thieves and serves as the tale's charming narrator. Once they reach Oxford, Cnut asks the pair to solve the murder of a Saxon named Osfrid, whose widow accuses the king of being her husband's killer. With Cnut's hold on power fragile, he hopes that the team of investigators from different backgrounds will not only solve the case but keep the political peace. Readers will want to see more of the astute Winston. (Oct.)

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