Search Results: "Kate Sedley"


BOOK REVIEW

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 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 >

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 BROTHERS OF GLASTONBURY by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Sedley deftly camouflages down-to-earth villainy with the magical dust of romance, but Roger's calm detachment makes one wish for more Lancelot and less Percival."
The Duke of Clarence gives Roger the chapman, peddler by trade and meddler by fate (The Wicked Winter, 1999, etc.), his seventh errand: escort Cicely Armstrong, daughter of Clarence's sergeant-at-arms, to her fiancé, Peter Gildersleeve, in Glastonbury. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >