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Author: Cassandra Clark
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 27th February 2012
Hildegard of Meaux – A Cistercian Abbess with a keen instinct for crime solving – is accompanying the archbishop of York to London for the opening of parliament amid much civic unrest. While packing to leave, the archbishop’s saucier is found brutally murdered in the ale vat, and it emerges that the culprit must be one of the archbishop’s party.
The journey from York to London is fraught with more deadly surprises, and it becomes clear to Hildegard that this sinister plot may also involve King Richard, and those looking to depose him at all costs. Traitors, murderers, noblemen and madmen come together to create a puzzling scheme that only Hildegard can solve, digging up past grudges, new weapons and a mysterious friar.
The most recent instalment in the highly acclaimed Hildegard of Meaux series, A Parliament of Spies paints a vivid picture of medieval London, where loyalty and treason are very difficult to identify.
'With a keen grasp of her period, Cassandra Clark guides her engaging heroine through an absorbing medieval adventure that will delight fans of historical fiction.'Good Book Guide
This is the fourth book that I have read by this very talented historical crime author, who before she became a full time writer worked as a history lecturer for the Open University and consequently has a passion for her subject which is vividly illustrated in her masterly story telling. The books are always expertly researched and full of excellent period detail which is very difficult to fault and really transports you back into the fourteenth century. The plot which is full of dramatic twists and turns, kept me entertained and transfixed until the very last page. I did not want this book to end, it was such a fascinating historical page turner. May this author write many more novels of this high quality in the future.Eurocrime