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Ashes of the Elements by Alys Clare . Part of the series: Hawkenlye Mysteries. Publication: 2001 St. Martin's Minotaur.
Book Description: Although the sheriff of Tonbridge thinks a poacher's death was caused by the Forest People, Helewise and Josse don't believe it. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Fortune Like the Moon by Alys Clare . Part of the series: Hawkenlye Mysteries. Publication: 2000 St. Martin's Minotaur.
Book Description: The past of a murdered novice, Gunnora, may hold the key to her murder, even though the people of Tonbridge place blame on a group of prisoners recently freed by King Richard. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Tavern in the Morning by Alys Clare . Part of the series: Hawkenlye Mysteries. Publication: 2002 St. Martin's Minotaur.
Book Description: A guest staying at Goody Anne's inn, one of Josse's favorite taverns, dies of wolf's bane poison in his chicken and vegetable pie. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Bastard's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 2003 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: In 1447, the Bishop of Winchester asks Frevisse to observe a parliamentary session at Bury St. Edmonds on his behalf. There, she becomes the unlikely friend of Arteys, bastard son of the Duke of Gloucester, which affects her relationship with her cousin Alice. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Bishop's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1994 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: At the funeral feast of Frevisse's uncle, Thomas Chaucer, a cantankerous guest demands that God strike him down if he has told a lie—and he falls down dead. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Boy's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1995 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: Someone is trying to kill Henry VI's young half-brothers, Jasper and Edmund Tudor, who take sanctuary with Frevisse at St. Frideswide's. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Clerk's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 2002 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: In the town of Goring, a local official, a man disliked by many, is found dead in the cloister garden of St. Mary's nunnery. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Hunter's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 2004 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: Nobody seems all that upset at the murder of Sir Ralph Woderove, a brutal landowner who abused his wife and children. After his death, his will continues to control the lives of his family. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Maiden's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1998 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: Frevisse stays with her cousin Alice Chaucer in London while on a trip to escort St. Frideswide's new prioress back to Cornwall. While there, she gets caught up in Lancastrian intrigue. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Murderer's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1996 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: Staying one night at Minster Lovell while on pilgrimage, Sister Frevisse tries to clear an epileptic man from a murder charge. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Novice's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1992 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: In 1431, the blasphemous Lady Ermentrude is determined to remove her pious niece, Thomasine, from the convent. Thomasine becomes the obvious suspect when her aunt is brutally murdered. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Outlaw's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1994 Jove.
Book Description: Sister Frevisse defends her wayward cousin Nicholas, who has fallen in with a band of outlaws, from a murder charge. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Prioress' Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1997 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: Domina Alys, St. Frideswide's sharp-tongued new prioress, installs many of her unpleasant relatives on convent grounds, to the nuns' dismay. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Reeve's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1999 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: A controversy over ownership of land in the village of Prior Byfield leads to two murders. The first hardcover. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Servant's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 1993 Jove.
Book Description: After the nunnery welcomes a troupe of traveling players, three Yuletide murders throw the residents of St. Frideswide's into confusion. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Squire's Tale by Margaret Frazer . Part of the series: Sister Previsse Medieval Mysteries. Publication: 2000 Berkley Prime Crime.
Book Description: Landholder Robert Fenner attempts to settle a dispute between his lady wife Blaunche and her former in-laws about her dower property, and Sister Frevisse is asked to arbitrate. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Bone of Contention by Roberta Gellis . Part of the series: Magdalene La Bâtarde Mysteries. Publication: 2002 Forge.
Book Description: Magdalene arranges a secret meeting place in Oxford for her patron, the bishop. While there, one of the bishop's men is accused of murdering a man for political reasons. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

A Mortal Bane by Roberta Gellis . Part of the series: Magdalene La Bâtarde Mysteries. Publication: 1999 Forge.
Book Description: Sabina, a blind woman working as one of Magdalene's whores, discovers the body of one of her recent clients, papal messenger Baldassare de Firenze, at the whorehouse gate. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

A Personal Devil by Roberta Gellis . Part of the series: Magdalene La Bâtarde Mysteries. Publication: 2001 Forge.
Book Description: Sabina has left the whorehouse to become the permanent mistress of a wealthy man. When his jealous wife is killed, Magdalene asks Bell to help her clear her friends' names. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

The Book of Shadows by C. L. Grace . Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 1996 St. Martin's Press.


The Eye of God by C. L. Grace . Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 1994 St. Martin's Press.


A Feast of Poisons by C. L. Grace . Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 2004 St. Martin's Minotaur.
Book Description: Now a wife, Kathryn is once again investigating poisonings. [As cited in Diana Tixier Herald & Wayne Wiegand (editor), Genreflecting]

A Maze of Murders by C. L. Grace . Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 2003 St. Martin's Minotaur.
Book Description: An unsavory knight is beheaded in a maze. [As cited in Diana Tixier Herald & Wayne Wiegand (editor), Genreflecting]

The Merchant of Death by C. L. Grace . Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 1995 St. Martin's Press.


Saintly Murders by C. L. Grace . Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 2001 St. Martin's Minotaur.
Book Description: In the fourth book in the series, Kathryn takes on an infestation of rats, both rodents and humans. [As cited in Diana Tixier Herald & Wayne Wiegand (editor), Genreflecting]

Also Described: Medieval apothecaries have a familiarity with death that makes them prime candidates for detecting when crimes are discovered. One of the most appealing of this group is apothecary Kathryn Swinbrooke. With her companion Colum Murtagh, master of the king's horse, Swinbrooke puts her knowledge of herbs and a sharp eye for clues to good use in the investigation of the death of a friar in fifteenth-century Canterbury. [As cited in Barry Trott, Read On?Crime]



A Trust Betrayed by Candace Robb . Part of the series: Margaret Kerr Mysteries. Publication: 2001 Mysterious Press.
Book Description: In 1297, Margaret travels to Edinburgh in search of her missing husband, merchant Roger Sinclair, and to solve her cousin Jack's murder. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

A Shrine of Murders Part of the series: Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries. Publication: 1993 St. Martin's Press.




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