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Starred Review. Bledsoe whips up a perfect blend of Arthurian legend and hard-boiled detecting in the third novel featuring "private sword jockey" Eddie LaCrosse (after 2009's Burn Me Deadly). While tracking a client's wayward husband on the island kingdom of Grand Bruan, which is ruled by King Marcus Drake and his Knights of the Double Tarn, LaCrosse falls under suspicion when a knight dies of a poisoned apple he snatched from a tray prepared specially by Queen Jennifer. Fortunately, the detective manages to convince the king's seneschal that he may not be guilty, and is asked to help identify the real criminal. The mystery and its ramifications for the Grand Bruan royals will seem familiar to readers of Thomas Malory, but Bledsoe skillfully combines humor, action, deduction, and emotion to make the material fresh and engaging for fans of both fantasy and noir. (Apr.)
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[Burn Me Deadly] gives every evidence that Bledsoe's combination of sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detection will have a long and successful run. . . . Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
A compelling story with fascinating characters--who are so witty and whose attitude is so wry that I laughed and cared. (Orson Scott Card on The Sword-Edged Blonde)
Both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Sword-Edged Blonde)
A retelling of the Arthur story from the perspective of a psuedo-private eye, this story suffers from distracting incongruities in the setting, characters, and language. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tom Timmerman
A great book to escape reality with for awhile and a surprise right to the end. I look forward to the next adventure. :)Published 16 months ago by Eddie D. Moore
Hard, gritty and very good detective story. This series packs a punch, and tells not just one story, but several. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alexb
This one is a bit darker than "The Sword-Edged Blonde." Still a good read and fast-paced. Has a continuation of the supernatural stuff like his first book!Published 18 months ago by Van The Man
I received this book at an event and I have to say, it looked like some cheap, typical paperback that I would enjoy but not really appreciate. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jessica Grimm-Lyon
In the fourth of the Eddie La Crosse novels we found our “sword jockey” getting involved in all sorts of shenanigans in the court of a small kingdom. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nick Brett
Mr. Bledsoe brings back Eddie LaCrosse in a big way, tackling the Arthurian Legend. I do not profess to be an expert on King Arthur, I've purposely avoided all major writings on... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul Wittine
This series by itself is phenominal, easily one of my favorite series out right now, given that so far all online orders for books I've put in have come to me damaged (you... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I only got halfway because I just gave up. This doesn't have anything to do with the blurb given for the book. If all I've read so far is back story, it's just too long. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by JeannieRae