Cruel as the Grave

Cruel as the Grave

A Medieval Mystery

Book - 1998
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In twelfth-century London, Justin de Quincy, the Queen's Man, searches for the individual responsible for the murder of a young girl

Blackwell North Amer
Melangell had only just marked her fifteenth birthday. In the street where she, her father, and her little sister boarded, she had been loved by all, as much for her kind heart and generous nature as for her curly black hair and slender good looks. But someone had taken advantage of that sweetness, leaving her dead in St. Mary Magdalene's churchyard, her ripped bodice testimony to her struggle, a bloodstained stone cross the solitary witness to her death.
Justin de Quincy was the queen's man, working on behalf of Eleanor of Aquitaine. His duty was clear: to find her missing son, Richard Lionheart, and prevent Prince John from usurping Richard's throne. What had he to do with a commonplace murder, with the death of a poor man's child? But little by little, Justin comes to feel the force of the dead girl, perhaps even to love her as well, and he soon commits to finding her killer. But can he also bring him to justice?

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Steeped in political machinations, London in 1193 provides the setting for a new investigation by Justin de Quincy, the Queen's Man, who searches for the individual responsible for the brutal murder of a young girl in a churchyard. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 242 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780805056082
Branch Call Number: Penm


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Sep 28, 2010

Great read. Sharon has delivered again.

Sep 28, 2010

Eleanor of Aquitane is the Dowager Queen and one son, Richard is imprisoned in Bavaria captured on his way home from the Crusades, while the other, John, plots to take over the kingdom.

Sequel to "The Queen's Man"

Historically based detective fiction is a great read

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