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Rose of the World (Hawkenlye Mysteries) Hardcover – July 1, 2011

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The newest in Clare's Hawkenlye series is thoroughly entertaining for historical mystery fans. Set in thirteenth-century Britain, the story gives a good sense of the political and social issues of the time but also offers a readable mystery. Josse d'Aquin's longtime love, Helewise, has left her post as abbess of Hawkenlye Abbey and come to live with Josse. Although Josse fears Helewise will never give up her nunnish ways, he is content to have her in his house, especially since it takes her out of danger from King John's campaign to plunder and destroy the church. Even this deadly threat pales to insignificance when Helewise's 11-year-old granddaughter, Rosamund, disappears. Fearing the worst, Josse, his adopted son Ninian, and Rosamund's father, Sheriff Gervase de Gifford, set off to find the missing child. Although there is an at least partly happy ending, Josse's life may be changed forever. Appealing characters, an unusual plot, authentic period detail, and plenty of unexpected twists make this Hawkenlye novel a sure thing for fans of medieval mysteries. -- booklist, July 1, 2011

About the Author

Alys Clare divides her time between Tonbridge, England-in the area where ""Tavern in the Morning"" is set--and her ancient stone cottage in Brittany. The author of two previous Hawkenlye mysteries, ""Fortune Like the Moon"" and ""Ashes of the Elements,"" she has also studied archaeology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hawkenlye Mysteries (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727880233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727880239
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lee on September 8, 2012
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In this latest novel in the Hawkenlye series we meet some well developed and well loved characters again, Josse, Helewise, Caliste etc but we also get to know more about those who have been on the periphery of the earlier novels, the family members, the sheriff and the King. I am glad that Alys Clare has continued the series after Helewise left the Abbey and Caliste took over her role as Abbess. We get some insight into the harrowing effects of the conflict between Church and State on the common people as the mystery unfolds both in England and in Cathar country. I really admire the way that the author has done her research and deftly used it to enrich her plot and character development. The ending was a surprise that made sense of the prologue and also laid the foundation for further Hawkenlye mysteries!
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I read it all the way through in one sitting, it was so good, I was afraid to put it down for fear of missing something. I have read all the books in this series. They are very well written, historically accurate, and have good character development. When I read the books in this series I feel transported back in time to a place I know with people I've come to love, like, admire, and get frustrated with at times. I can't wait for the next installment.
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This book does not measure up the others in the series. I am about half way through and am having a hard time forcing myself to continue. I have read all the other books in the series and have found them to be an easy read. This story seems forced and I am having a hard time caring about the characters. The whole clan is friendly with the sheriff, but they think he will hang someone for defending Rosamund? I don't think so.
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By Sue A. Winking on January 15, 2013
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Another great book, holds your attention, hard to put down. I recommend this series to anyone who loves this time period.
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Alys Clare can write an intriguing story. If you like medieval murder mysteries, you should enjoy the Hawkenlye series from its tales of Outremer and the Crusades to the strange people who live in the forest and still practice the "old ways". There is a history lesson along with every entertaining mystery solved.
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