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The Serpents of Harbletown: Volume V of the Doomsday Books

Marston, A.E

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ISBN 10: 0747217475 / ISBN 13: 9780747217473
Published by London: Headline, 1996, London, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The author has signed this copy on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 4130

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Title: The Serpents of Harbletown: Volume V of the ...

Publisher: London: Headline, 1996, London

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Its 11th-century England and King Williams little band of emissaries is on the move again (The Lions of the North, 1996, etc.). This time, theyre on the road to Canterbury to settle a property dispute between the Cathedral, headed by Archbishop Lanfranc, and the Christ Church Priory, whose abbots run the St. Nicholas Leper Hospital in Harbledown, outside the city. Ex- soldier Ralph Delchard, now married to and accompanied by his Golde, the clever young lawyer Gervase Bret, and their entourage arrive in Canterbury just after the discovery of the body of sweet-natured teenager Bertha, who is found dead in shrubbery near the leper hospital, seemingly of a snakebite. Ralph, Golde, and Gervase are lodging with town Reeve Osbern. The Reeves wife Eadgyth is inconsolable at the news. So, too, is Berthas father Alwin the Sailor, along with many of the lepers at the hospital, to whom she had been an angel of mercy. The young leper Alain is especially distraught. When Ralph and Gervase become suspicious, its Alain who helps them prove that strangling, not snakebite, caused Berthas death. Not so, according to Helto the Doctor, the Osberns family physician. The fatal poisoning, in church, of good-hearted Brother Martin, and the kidnaping of Eadgyth, put Ralph and Gervase, with Alains help, on the trail of a merciless killer, even as their original mission ends with surprising ease. Muddied plot lines and a surfeit of political infighting, albeit in clerical robes, dont help the fifth in this series. But its still first-class entertainment for lovers of historical whodunits. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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