The fate of kings is not always glorious.... Indeed, England's Edward II so angered his wife, her lover, and his subjects when he flaunted his male favorites that they revolted, deposed him, and made him prisoner. History records Edward II was eventually murdered most foully in Berkeley Castle and buried most publicly in Gloucester cathedral. But was he? The heir, Edward III, charges Chancery Clerk Edmund Beche with uncovering the truth of the matter. Beche's investigation is torturous, blocked by hidden records, outright lies, unexpected confessions, double crosses, and a high body count. Grave-digging, burglary, and soldiering at the bloody battle of Crecy await him. But he's a most determined man.... When you read it you will see why there is no sequel.
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P.C. Doherty is the author of several acclaimed mystery series including "The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan," the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. He lives in England.
"All in all, an intelligent lively and tantalising mystery which shudders throughout with menace and villainous pursuits.
-- Kirkus "
Scholarly yet suspenseful with a powerful ending.
...a medieval whodunit that's livelier than Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and more sharply plotted than Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael stories.
-The Denver Post
Done in the best of detective tradition.
-I Love a Mystery
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