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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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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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Cadfael-esque

After reading all of Ellis Peters "Brother Cadfael" series, this is a welcomed find. I love the period, and was disappointed that there were no more Cadfael tales. This series promises to fill the void with new characters, in a familiar setting, albeit Nuns and Monks. looking forward to more of the same.

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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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Fantastic Book

I have listened to well over 300 cozy/historical mysteries. What I truly enjoyed about this one is that the characters were so likable. In a couple scenes, Royal has some of the female characters laughing with one another and enjoying each other's company-you'd be amazed how rarely authors in this genre write about women being at such ease with one another. The story arc was well developed. The historical setting was explained nicely and the details of the surroundings were neither heavy handed nor too thin. It pained me a bit that Royal had to contextualize what people today understand as LGBTQ lives but from some of the other reviews, it is clear the explanation was needed, even if not fully understood. I will download other books by Royal, particularly any read by Wanda McCaddon, who did such a fine job of bringing the story to life.

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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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I’m looking forward to next book!

This was an excellent mystery set in medieval times. There is a murderer on the loose and attacking those in a religious priory of nuns and monks. It covers the historical place of educated women and the power they could have within a religious order. The struggle of a patriarchal hierarchy and the seeking of political power. The class systems of the world and the history of hospitals and growing medical knowledge help to unravel the murder of gentle old monk.
I highly recommend this book. I was impressed by the amount of medieval, social and church history woven throughout this story. I’m downloading the next book today.

I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review. I honestly enjoyed this book!

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After Brother Cadfael, read this!

An equal of the Brother Cadfael mysteries.
Well plotted and the ending made sense not as though it was pulled together at the last minutes as is the case with so many mysteries.

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Very Mixed Feelings

This medieval mystery occurs in the year 1270 AD and is reminiscent of the Sister Fidelma Mysteries and Brother Cadfael Mysteries. There are things that I enjoyed about the story and others that I am conflicted about. The fact that it started with a rather long introduction regarding the times and beliefs, including a lot about sodomy and the role of women in the Catholic Church, should have clued me in for what was coming. I really like the Sister Fidelma Mysteries, whose main character is also an authority figure in the Catholic Church but in 666 AD. The young Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed the new prioress of Order of Fontevraud. She is met with skepticism and in some cases outright hatred by the monks and nuns at the priory. I found her to be fair and level headed. What bothered me, however, throughout the book was the treatment of the subject of sodomy, which is definitely a sin biblically, and when violence against others is concerned an atrocity. That being said, I truly liked Brother Thomas who ended up in the priory because of a past sin and found him to be a gentle (forgiven) monk who was essential to the understanding of this story and the resolution of the murder. I was astounded and dismayed by the tendency then (and now) by the church to cling to wrong thinking and make excuses for the behaviors of those in their flock for hurting others, and to not demand restitution. In other words, call a sin a sin, and make it right. I also have a problem with only confessing sins to a human person and them being able to absolve you of it. I believe it is good for the soul to do so, but only confessing it to a Holy God and turning away from the sin, can truly make one clean. I was greatly encouraged by the new prioress taking on the job of righting wrongs in the area of the common people versus the aristocracy, and her acceptance by the people in the village. I will try the next in the series, however, because I believe the basis for a good series is there . . . I may be wrong. I will have to see.

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Sodomy + monk

A historical mystery excellently presented and narrated
I throughly enjoyed this book but I do love historical mysteries

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  • Aliza Bat-Ami
  • 02-24-17

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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  • The Curator
  • 07-27-20

Enjoyable mediaeval mystery

Sympathetic characters lead this story of pride, ambition and murder. The murderer is not a great shock but that’s not a problem. This more a meditation on good and bad than a straight whodunnit.

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  • Skye1
  • 10-23-19

struggled to finish it

liked book 1 book 2 just seemed to drone on and on played a word game at the same time not good