The Proud Sinner

Priscilla Royal (Author)
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2018 Lefty Award nominee for Best Historical Mystery Novel

In the winter of 1282, snow and ice ravage East Anglia while Prioress Eleanor awaits the decision of her young maid, Gracia, found starving on the streets some years ago, whether to take vows or to leave Tyndal Priory to make her way in the world.

But a far greater problem arrives at the priory gate. Seven abbots are riding to meet a papal legate in Norfolk. This is not a pilgrimage--each abbot hopes to make a case for being raised to a bishopric at the next vacancy. One abbot grows so ill the party has detoured to Tyndal. And despite the limited care Sister Anne can offer, Abbot Ilbert dies a horrible death, cause unknown. As his fellows prepare to resume their journey the next day, Abbot Tristram doubles over in great distress. By now the heavy snows have choked all the roads and the priory and village are marooned. Tristram dies. And then another abbot sickens while Sister Anne struggles to determine what killed these men--which question soon becomes not just what, but who did it?

One suspect is the gluttonous Odo, the ambitious Abbot of Caldwell and younger brother of Crowner Ralf. Since everyone despises Odo, is he simply a red herring? Prioress Eleanor is determined to stop the carnage that has shattered the tranquility in her priory while the Crowner must enforce the king's justice. Brother Thomas and Sister Anne form part of the investigation which plumbs the priory's kitchens and management as well as its medical facilities.

The Proud Sinner, 13th in the Medieval Mysteries by Priscilla Royal, illustrates medieval matters medical and culinary as well as vocations for the religious life in a framework that crosses Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Product Details

Price
$26.95
Publisher
Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
February 07, 2017
Pages
236
Dimensions
5.6 X 0.9 X 8.6 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781464207259

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About the Author

Priscilla Royal is the author of the medieval mysteries Tyrant of the Mind and Wine of Violence. She was born in Seattle, grew up in British Columbia, and now resides in Northern California. She is a member of the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime.

Reviews

"A medieval prioress with a talent for solving murders suddenly has far too many for comfort. Royal's 13th medieval murder takes a page from The Mousetrap, forcing the detective to think outside the box imprisoning her and her suspects."--Kirkus Reviews
"Atypically, Royal gives scant attention to developing the historical background, but her clever integration of an Agatha Christie--like plot into her chosen period will still please whodunit fans."--Publishers Weekly