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A Shrine of Murders Being the First of the Canterbury Tales of Kathryn Swinbrooke, Leech, and Physician

Grace, G.L.

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ISBN 10: 0312093888 / ISBN 13: 9780312093884
Published by St Martins Pr, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition. The first in this series of medieval mysteries featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke, a physcian and chemist practicing in 15th century Canterbury. The plot revolves around a series of terrible deaths paralyze the city and the holy shrine, deaths that are announced by strange bits of doggerel found pinned to the cathedral door. Since the victims were poisoned, Mistress Swinbrooke's expertise is solicited by the town fathers. Fine in bright, crisp dust jacket with just a touch of wear at the spine ends. Bookseller Inventory # E6395B

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Title: A Shrine of Murders Being the First of the ...

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: First edition

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When a series of murders paralyzes the town of Canterbury, physician and chemist Kathryn Swinbrooke searches for a killer with literary tastes and rather personal motives

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The unsettling, seemingly anachronistic figure of a serial killer haunts this otherwise convincing recreation of 15th-century Canterbury written under a pseudonym by P. C. Doherty ( The Masked Man and The Fate of Princes ). Kathryn Swinbrooke is an independent practitioner of medicine, discovering the benefits of an apple-rich diet for teeth, and prescribing herbs and vinegar for almost every known malady. Canterbury's tourist trade, already jeopardized by the War of the Roses, is further imperiled by a spate of poisoned pilgrims, each corpse accompanied by the appearance of a line or two of rough verse, in style remarkably similar to Geoffrey Chaucer's soon-to-be famous work. Suspecting the murderer is a doctor, the Archbishop asks for Kathryn's help. In a fascinating hunt that pits her against the august town physicians, Kathryn is aided only by her wits, her foul-mouthed, warmhearted servant Thomasina, and Colum Murtagh, a powerful Irish mercenary. While successfully demythologizing the period and people, the author offers thoughtful insights into such modern concerns as wife-beating and feminism.
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