From Publishers Weekly
At the outset of Sedley's rewarding 17th mystery to feature Roger the Chapman (after 2007's The Three Kings of Cologne
), Roger joins an English army set to invade Scotland in the summer of 1482. The duke of Albany, whose older brother, James III of England, plans to put him on the Scottish throne, enlists Roger as a member of his personal bodyguard. On the march north, uncanny events connected to the cult of the legendary Green Man make Roger wonder why Albany wanted him in this role. When the army reaches Edinburgh, Roger discovers he must clear one of Albany's friends of murder. Sedley provides vivid vignettes of domestic life in the late Middle Ages, covering the social spectrum from the mighty Plantagenets to the most deprived agrarian serfs and foot soldiers. The meticulous, well-paced plot builds to a real surprise at the end. (June)
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Sedley’s latest Roger the Chapman mystery is robust, bawdy, and chock-full of authentic fifteenth-century period detail. It’s 1482, and the English king is determined to win back a northern border town recently lost to Scotland and claim the Scottish throne for his brother, the Duke of Albany. He appoints the Duke of Gloucester to lead an invasion into Scotland to teach the stubborn northerners a lesson. The Duke of Gloucester is Roger the Chapman’s patron and commands Roger to accompany the army as bodyguard to Albany. Roger is reluctant to leave his home and family, and he can’t imagine why he’s needed to guard Albany. Then he and Albany are attacked on the way to Scotland, and one of Albany’s friends is murdered, and there’s unrest among Albany’s men, leaving Roger in the middle. Although the plot is a bit contrived and meandering, Roger is a strong enough character to carry the book. Not the best in the series, but still a must for fans of English history-mysteries. --Emily Melton