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First in a riveting new series of medieval murder mysteries set in Scotland at the time of Robert the Bruce It is the spring of 1297 and young wife Margaret Kerr is desperately afraid. Her merchant husband, Roger, has been missing since Martinmas. Has he been caught up in the swelling rebellion against the English? Is he even alive? Jack Sinclair, her husband's cousin and factor, has pledged to try to locate Roger in Edinburgh. When he is found stabbed to death, Margaret resolves she must ride to the city herself to uncover the truth. But Scotland is a country at war, Edinburgh an occupied city. With English soldiers patrolling the streets, it is no place for a woman alone. And when she starts to ask questions, Margaret finds a city rife with dark secrets and dangerous loyalties. Soon she discovers how little she knew either Roger or Jack.
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Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph. D in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She is also the author of nine Owen Archer novels and tthree Margaret Kerr Mysteries.From Publishers Weekly:
Author of the acclaimed Owen Archer mystery series (The Nun's Tale; etc.) set in late 14th-century England, Robb introduces Dame Margaret Kerr in the alluring first of a new series placed in 13th-century Scotland. The spring of 1297 finds Margaret with her mother-in-law, Katherine, in Dunfermline. Roger Sinclair, Margaret's husband, has not been heard from since he set out for Edinburgh on business months earlier. Roger's cousin, Jack, leaves to find Roger, but instead returns home in a shroud, the victim of a brutal murder. After his funeral, Margaret determines to go to Edinburgh with her priest brother to search for her husband and to discover what she can about Jack's death, her only clue being a small weight clutched in Jack's dead hand. Margaret finds an Edinburgh occupied by English soldiers and clouded by political unrest. As she follows Roger's trail and seeks Jack's murderer, she uncovers truths that tear at her heart and cause her to question her beliefs and loyalties. Robb carefully unfolds her story, allowing the reader to become immersed in the day-to-day life of the characters. With meticulous attention to historical details, from the soup Margaret eats to her characters' plaid clothing and the language they speak (there's a helpful glossary), the author lovingly re-creates medieval Edinburgh. But like Katherine's altar cloth or Margaret's needlework, the story remains unfinished and readers can only wait patiently for the sequel.
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Book Description Soundings Ltd, 2002. Audio Cassette. Condition: Very Good. NOT ex-library. Complete and unabridged audiobook, narrated over 6 cassettes by Leslie Mackie. Tapes and case all in very good condition. Dispatch within 24 hours from the UK. Seller Inventory # 044410