Search Results: "Kate Sedley"


BOOK REVIEW

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 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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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 >

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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 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 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 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 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 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 >