Search Results: "Kate Sedley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRODIGAL SON by Kate Sedley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2006

"Last-minute twists and revelations make Roger's 14th adventure one of his best."
Back in Bristol with his family, Roger the Chapman (The Burgundian's Tale, 2005, etc.) is drawn into a new adventure by an unexpected relative. Read full book review >

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THE SAINT JOHN’S FERN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"A sinister and sensational explanation emerges only after several uncomfortable sleepovers on Roger's part and many prosy recapitulations on Sedley's."
The newly wedded bliss of Roger the Chapman, itinerant peddler and amateur sleuth (The Weaver's Inheritance, 2001, etc.), is interrupted when an irresistible impulse—a message from God, Roger knows from past experience—sends him to Plymouth. Read full book review >

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KATE by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A sprawling salute to an awe-inspiring, world-class actor."
Film biographer/historian Mann (Edge of Midnight, 2005, etc.) considers the vibrant life of a 20th-century icon with encyclopedic scrutiny and a pinch of whimsy. Read full book review >

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THE TINTERN TREASURE by Kate Sedley
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Although Roger's latest is far from the most exciting of his long series of adventures (The Midsummer Crown, 2011, etc.), it still provides the usual meticulous historical research along with a satisfying mystery."
Doing a favor for his wife involves Roger the Chapman in yet another complicated and possibly treasonous mystery. Read full book review >

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THE MIDSUMMER CROWN by Kate Sedley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Once more, Sedley (Wheel of Fate, 2010, etc.) cleverly weaves one of her stronger mysteries into a background of notable historical events."
Murder and kidnapping are set against the momentous events of 1483. Read full book review >

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THE WEAVER’S INHERITANCE by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Though the plot isn't as convincing as several others in this series (The Brothers of Glastonbury, 2000, etc.), Roger remains an appealingly sturdy, believable hero whose romantic impulses are resolved in this outing—at least for now."
A 15th-century widower with a two-year-old daughter, peddler/sleuth Roger the Chapman lives with his late wife's mother Margaret Walker in Bristol, where they've recently been joined by Margaret's widowed cousin Adela Jouett. Read full book review >

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THE PLYMOUTH CLOAK by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Less atmospheric than Death and the Chapman, and it takes much padding to stretch the skimpy plot to booklength."
A limp second outing for medieval peddlar Roger the Chapman finds him, in 1473, taking on another assignment for the Duke of Gloucester—this time, to keep the Duke's agent, Philip Underdown, safe until he can board The Falcon at Plymouth, two days hence, and sail for France with an important message for the Breton court. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS WASSAIL by Kate Sedley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2013

"Not much nourishment for puzzle-solvers who want to compete with Roger. But Sedley (The Tintern Treasure, 2012, etc.) does provide a most interesting look at historical Christmas customs, many of which survive to this day."
Even the Christmas season of 1483 can't slow down Roger the Chapman's propensity for problem-solving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEEL OF FATE by Kate Sedley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"Sedley (Dance of Death, 2009, etc.) provides another fine mystery set against the backdrop of the turbulent 15th century."
Forsaken by his family, Roger the Chapman follows them from Bristol to London, and despite his desire for peace and quiet is again embroiled in mystery and intrigue. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN MAN by Kate Sedley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"More travelogue than mystery, but both foreground and background are skillfully portrayed and enjoyable."
Scotland in 1482 is a wild and fearsome place that may be the death of Roger the Chapman. Read full book review >

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THE BURGUNDIAN’S TALE by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Medievalists will enjoy Roger's perambulations through the grand palaces and mean streets of London until a chance recognition brings the mystery to a satisfactory close."
Finding home life a bit of a strain, Roger the Chapman (The Midsummer Rose, 2004, etc.) is less reluctant than he might be to make a trip to London when his services are requested by the King's nephew and the Duke of Gloucester's spymaster Timothy Plummer. Read full book review >

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THE MIDSUMMER ROSE by Kate Sedley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"Solid work for the stolid Chapman (The Lammas Feast, 2002, etc.) in a nicely drawn portrait of domestic life in medieval Bristol."
Roger the Chapman, medieval peddler and meddler, is used to having his former mother-in-law pay him no mind, but when his wife also thinks he's hallucinating, he must prove he's telling the truth. Read full book review >