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Late summer, 1270. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs over the land. In the small priory of Tyndal, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to routine. Their hopes are dashed, however, when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress. Only a day after her arrival, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. Now Eleanor must not only struggle to gain the respect of her terrified and resentful flock but also cope with violence, lust, and greed.

©2003 Priscilla Royal (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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If you're not into sodomy, this book's not for you

I was SO disappointed with this book! I love stories set in medieval time periods, but this book was just gross. Vast majority of this plot centers around the sexual preferences of the nuns and monks. I know not all people of that era who had taken religious orders were fully invested, but this was just over sexualized. Not at all what I was looking for.

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Very good and thought provoking ....

Priscilla Royal is very good and is scrupulous in her research. She develops her story well, providing some twists and turns I, for one, didn't expect.
Wanda McCaddon is a very good narrator, although I must admit, I wasn't sure about her at first.
I look forward to listening to more in this series to see how the characters develop.

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Weak , bland, boring

I am very fond of historical novels. I have seen Royal's name and finally tried this one. Waste of time. Not to be mentioned in company with Penman, Dunnett, Weir output.

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Wonderful Story

I truly enjoyed this story. Well-developed characters and a plot with plenty of twists. My only slight objection is to the title, which I think might have been better. Great writing. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Aliza Bat-Ami
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Enjoyable Medieval whodunit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - an easy read for historical detective addicts, read it almost in one.

What did you like best about this story?

Eleanor, the new prioress. Intelligent, intuitive, with a sense of humour - and of course beautiful.
Also the details about the monastery life.

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

I have heard Wanda McCaddon on different books - all clear performances that help the book along with good rhythm and almost perfect diction.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is not high drama - but does have humour in the perennial quirks of people.

Any additional comments?

At the very end there are some anachronistic reflections on morality which were superfluous.

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