From Publishers Weekly
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