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British author Sedley smoothly integrates a complex murder case with the cataclysmic political events that roiled England in 1483 in her solid 19th Roger the Chapman historical (after 2009's The Dance of Death). Rakish investigator Roger makes his way home to the West Country after the announcement of Edward IV's death only to find his family gone. Eventually, he tracks his wife, Adela, to London, where she insists that he help her hosts, the Godsloves, who believe they've been targeted for death. Two members of the Godslove clan have been killed, and a third survived an attempt on her life. Roger explores a number of possible theories, including one that a criminal sent to prison by attorney Oswald Godslove seeks revenge. Meanwhile, he must work to avoid getting enmeshed in the struggles for power as England prepares to be ruled by a 12-year-old, Edward V. Sedley's encyclopedic knowledge of the times is evident on every page. (June)
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Sedley’s latest offering in her Roger the Chapman series sees the intrepid peddler returning home after months on the road, only to learn that his wife has left him after hearing that he fathered an illegitimate child. Panicked, Roger follows his wife to London after learning she’s staying with distant cousins, the Godsloves. After he pleads his case and his wife agrees to reconcile, Roger learns that the Godsloves believe they’re under a curse; after urging from his wife, he investigates their claim. In the chaos of London in the wake of the death of King Edward IV, Roger employs all his considerable investigative skills to the Godslove case and eventually learns of a terrible secret from their past. Sedley’s ability to capture the intimate details of daily life in fifteenth-century England, combined with both her well-researched plot built around the sociopolitical situation of the time and a likable, larger-than-life main character, make this latest entry in her Roger the Chapman series a fine choice for fans of historical mysteries. --Emily Melton

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Product Details

  • Series: Roger the Chapman Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727868705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727868701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Muriel K. on April 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Roger the Chapman gets drawn into the tragic deaths and accidents surrounding the Godslove family. Anxious for peace and quiet, Roger travels to London seeking his wife who left him. After reaching London, and clearing up the misunderstanding with his wife, Adela, Roger is pushed into helping these "relatives" solve their problem with attacks and death. Roger's investigation becomes increasingly complicated. At the same time, England is plunged into fear and unrest with the death of Edward IV. Roger is torn with his loyalty to Duke Richard, and his desire to return home to Bristol.

Kate Sedley writes so well. The story moves along very quickly, and is not bogged down with boring detail. Yet, you really get a feeling of the life and times of the Middle Ages. An excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Kraus on December 28, 2012
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Roger was once a novice in a Benedictine monastery. He left the strict monastery life, preferring the free life of a peddler, or chapman. Although he is now married and has children. He still earns his living as a chapman.

In this installment of the series, Roger returns to an empty house. His wife and children have gone to London to visit her relatives, the Godslove family. When Roger arrives, he is plunged into a mystery. It seems that the Godslove family believe that someone is trying to murder them. Indeed, several members of the family have recently died under mysterious circumstances. As Roger investigates, he finds that the Godsloves are harboring an awful secret. Could it be that the deaths and the secret are somehow connected?

Interwoven with Roger's investigation, is the political upheaval in London. King Edward IV has died. His son is not old enough to rule on his own. Several factions are trying to gain power and influence over the new king.

Can Roger solve the Godslove's family mystery while avoiding any political entanglements?

This novel was a difficult read for me. I read it out of order so the exposition at the beginning of the novel was a little confusing. The plot was very tangled with many different characters to keep track of. In my opinion, this was an OK book, but it probably would have been better if it was read in order.
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I've read all the books in the series and I highly recommend them. They are very entertaining. Kate Sedley writes good stories and I look forward to the next one in the series.
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By Pippa on April 1, 2013
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Hope they'll Kindle all of her series, as they've been hard to find. A fun addition to your medieval collections if you haven't tried her before. Good read.
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