Magdalene la Batarde

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 461 ratings

A Mortal Bane Publisher's Summary

Magdalene la Batarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. She and her women are expected to engage in a number of sinful activities, but bloody murder isn't one of them until Baldassare, the messenger, dies. Though Baldassare isn't a regular client of the Old Priory Guesthouse, Magdalene and her women refuse to allow his death to go unavenged. Of course, their efforts aren't completely altruistic. Chances are if they don't find the killer, they will be assumed guilty, because they are whores, and will be gutted and hanged.

Into this sea of intrigue steps the handsome Sir Bellamy of Itchen. The bishop of Winchester, who was served for many years by Baldassare, has put Bellamy, his most trusted knight, in charge of the murder investigation and ordered him to prove Magdalene is the killer. Bellamy is instantly captivated by his chief suspect but also convinced that she is hiding something. Sure that she is involved in the messenger's death right up to her beautiful eyebrows but unable to believe she's a killer, Bellamy must find out how and why Baldassare died, or watch the mysterious Magdalene meet her fate on the gallows.

©1999 Roberta Gellis; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • A Mortal Bane

    • By: Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Magdalene la Batarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. She and her women are expected to engage in a number of sinful activities, but bloody murder isn't one of them until Baldassare, the messenger, dies. Though Baldassare isn't a regular client of the Old Priory Guesthouse, Magdalene and her women refuse to allow his death to go unavenged. Of course, their efforts aren't completely altruistic.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful

    • By Jim on 08-25-05

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • A Personal Devil

    • A Magdalene la Bâtarde Mystery
    • By: Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    In 12th century London, Magdalene la Bâtarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. She is not in the least bit sorry to learn that Bertrild, the unpleasant wife of Master Mainard, is dead. Bertrild was insulting to most people. She made threats, using terrible revelations as a weapon against those who would not bow down to her demanding ways.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A life medieval

    • By Dennis on 12-31-07

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • Chains of Folly

    • A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. A real shame about the narrator.

    • By S. Williams on 11-29-14

    Regular price: $17.95