The Colour of Poison: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery (Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This story revolves around the Foxley brothers, Jude and Sebastian. Jude is a healthy young man and a scribe, while Sebastion is a frail “crouchback” with a gift for illustration, illumination, and painting. Jude is accused of murder, and it is up to Sebastian – with the help of some unexpected friends – to clear his brother’s name before the day if reckoning arrives.
In this tale, unlike the standard form of genre, the murderer isn’t hard to discover but getting the proof that will free Jude Foxley is nigh to impossible. Mount positively torments the reader, with the will-he-won’t-he race to the executioner. Innocent men were hanged often, because the king’s justice demanded the appearance of retribution … if not the substance. You won’t find out until the bitter end if Seb Foxley must continue on alone, or if his brother will retain his mortal coil.
Moreover, there are wheels within wheels occurring during Seb’s quest to free Jude. Not everyone wants a scapegoat to go free … a murder can hide a multitude of other sins.
Regardless of how good the nail-biting storyline is, the plot is not the best part of the novel. The story is dwarfed by the wealth of the historical reality Mount uses as the base of her work. It is the CONTEXT that makes this book a true gem. Toni Mount is already well-known among history buffs, scholars, and aficionados of the medieval period for her outstanding non-fiction works on the daily life and medical beliefs of this era. She uses this encyclopedic familiarity of 15th century life in London to craft a setting as believable as it is detailed.
In fact, my one criticism (if it can be called that) that the book is almost TOO good at historical recreation. The prose does not spare the reader by glossing over some unpalatable minutiae. This was not a “nice” time to be alive. Life was hard, brutish, often short, and filled with civic chaos the modern reader associates with despotic regimes in the so-called 3rd world. The reader is sometimes jarred by the savagery and must put the book down to get some relief in present day comforts.
However, my yen to find out if Seb will be able to save his brother or not was always strong enough that it was never long before I took a deep breath and plunged back into the Medieval world and the travails of the Foxley brothers.
This book takes off running, but once I was accustomed to the quickly changing scenes and points of view, I couldn't put it down. The main character, Sebastian Foxley, immediately drew me in and had me cheering for him. As a thoughtful, sensitive man who happened to have a hunchback, I couldn't help but think that he could be a young Matthew Shardlake. He struggles with confidence, his physical limitations, and his desires for a future that he is sure is out of reach for him. At the same time, he has integrity and an amazing faith that shines in the midst of tragedy and death.
Sebastian is paired with his older brother, Jude, who is handsome and popular but lacks the inner strength and beauty demonstrated by Sebastian. It is when Jude becomes wrapped up in scandal and is arrested that Sebastian is able to reach his full potential. With his brother no longer there to care for him (or bully him), Sebastian does more than he believes is possible when those that he loves need him most.
As wonderful as the personalities and relationships are in this novel, it is truly a murder mystery. The conspiracy stretches from a poor alchemist's apprentice all the way to the king, so the reader gets some fun scenes with Edward and his favorite brother, Richard of Gloucester, as well.
I am excited to have a new series to get caught up in and can't wait for the next installment to be released.
Then I have to stop reading. You have your characters blaspheme God's name. This is extremely disrespectful to God.
I am deleting your book from all my devices.
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The Colour of Poison is a great adventure into Medieval London. Toni Mount clearly has done her research, making the streets of London come to life with...Read more
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