Search Results: "Kate Sedley"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 DANCE OF DEATH by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"As usual, Sedley excels at bringing the Middle Ages to life. Even though there's not much mystery here, Roger's latest adventure will certainly hold the interest of the faithful."
Not even the company of a beautiful woman can turn dangerous Paris into a romantic destination for Roger the Chapman. Read full book review >

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THE LAMMAS FEAST by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A tetchy, often amusing glimpse of medieval domesticity in which two adults, two toddlers, one screaming baby, one love-starved dog, and countless fleas share a single room while Lancaster, York, and less political contingents roam the countryside."
Although he usually solves murders at the request of the Duke of Gloucester (The Goldsmith's Daughter, 2001, etc.), 15th-century peddler/sleuth Roger the Chapman acts on his own this time to investigate the stabbing of much loathed Jasper Fairbrother, a usurer, blackmailer, and baker in his adopted home town of Bristol. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Even so, few medieval mysteries rival Sedley's for verve, descriptive prowess, and authenticity."
There are two reasons for 15th-century English peddler Roger the Chapman to visit bustling, rat-infested London. Read full book review >

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THE WICKED WINTER by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 1999

"Best in the series to date."
Sixth in a series set in medieval England and relating the adventures of Roger, a chapman (traveling peddler) living in Bristol—a widower with an infant child cared for by his mother-in-law when he's on the road. Read full book review >

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THE EVE OF ST. HYACINTH by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 1996

"A wearying chronicle of coincidences, whispered conversations, shadowy figures, and endless chewing over of possibilities—though it may be lightened for some by its scholarly, behind-the-scenes look at the domestic details of a royal court."
Itinerant peddlar Roger the Chapman, now in his 70's, is recalling events of 50 years before, in 1475, when, for the third time (The Plymouth Cloak, 1993, etc.), he's called (by God, he's convinced) to use his detecting skills in the service of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, brother of King Edward. Read full book review >

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THE WEAVER'S TALE by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"The reward here is the continuing modernity lurking under the shifts and doublets of Sedley's medieval figures."
Five months after he's killed (in March 1473) by whoever stole the money his employer, Edward Herepath, had briefly lodged with him, and two months after Edward's ne'er-do-well younger brother Robert has been hanged for his murder, Edward's debt collector, William Woodward, limps back into Bristol, a great deal the worse for wear (he's been badly beaten and has lost most of his memory) but incontestably alive. 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 >