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The new novel in the ever-popular ‘Hawkenlye’ series - Autumn, 1210. A year ago, King John was excommunicated – and now his men have come to Hawkenlye Abbey to take it over. Abbess Caliste, Helewise’s successor, worries how she is to feed the nuns under her care, let alone conduct her usual good works. Meanwhile, Helewise has moved into Hawkenlye Manor with Josse, and their lives are full of family and warmth. But after a visit to St Edmund’s Chapel, Helewise’s eleven-year-old granddaughter, Rosamund, goes missing – and soon all that they hold dear is threatened . . .
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Alys Clare divides her time between Tonbridge, England-in the area where ""Tavern in the Morning"" is set--and her ancient stone cottage in Brittany. The author of two previous Hawkenlye mysteries, ""Fortune Like the Moon"" and ""Ashes of the Elements,"" she has also studied archaeology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
The newest in Clare's Hawkenlye series is thoroughly entertaining for historical mystery fans. Set in thirteenth-century Britain, the story gives a good sense of the political and social issues of the time but also offers a readable mystery. Josse d'Aquin's longtime love, Helewise, has left her post as abbess of Hawkenlye Abbey and come to live with Josse. Although Josse fears Helewise will never give up her nunnish ways, he is content to have her in his house, especially since it takes her out of danger from King John's campaign to plunder and destroy the church. Even this deadly threat pales to insignificance when Helewise's 11-year-old granddaughter, Rosamund, disappears. Fearing the worst, Josse, his adopted son Ninian, and Rosamund's father, Sheriff Gervase de Gifford, set off to find the missing child. Although there is an at least partly happy ending, Josse's life may be changed forever. Appealing characters, an unusual plot, authentic period detail, and plenty of unexpected twists make this Hawkenlye novel a sure thing for fans of medieval mysteries. -- booklist, July 1, 2011
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