- File Size: 958 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publication Date: November 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01803G29G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From "The Alehouse Murders" to "A Holy Vengeance" (the last apparently also only a Kindle book), the publishers were Berkley Prime Crime and InterMix, Penguin imprints. Beginning with "Sins of Inheritance," though, no publisher is listed. If Ms. Ash has not been renewed by Berkley Prime Crime and/or InterMix, or has left the Penguin family, I hope she finds a new publisher soon, because she is an excellent storyteller.
The only downside of "Death Riddle" is the apparent lack of a good editor. Perhaps she has hired a freelance editor, or maybe not, but there are a couple of things that, despite not interfering with the enjoyment of the story, may rub some of us curmudgeons the wrong way. For example, in Chapter 15, she writes, "With regards to Odo's current setback . . . " [Ash, Maureen. Death Riddle (Kindle Location 1701). Kindle Edition.], employing the non standard "with regards to" instead of "with regard to."
In a couple of spots, Ms. Ash also resorts to what writers and editors call "head hopping," mixing points-of-view within a single scene, as in Chapter 29, where we read, "Leofwine had seen Baldock look at the guard closely as he spoke." [Ash, Maureen. Death Riddle (Kindle Locations 2801-2802). Unknown. Kindle Edition] This puts us in Leofwine's head. A few lines later, we enter Baldock's mind as he thinks back to when he and the guard served together. There is also some confusing and/or clumsy sentence structure, and a contradiction or two.
But please, don't let these nit-picked peeves of mine lead you away from this book or this author. I must stress that this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story is very good, and Ms. Ash moves it along at a good clip. I do recommend it. But please, some publishing house, somewhere, pick up Maureen Ash.
"It is 1088 and England has been under Norman domination since the successful invasion of William of Normandy twenty-two years before. But William’s recent death has once again plunged the island kingdom into war. The town of Rochester is at the centre of the conflict."
Godric, a young Englishman, is blamed for a crime and claims sanctuary. Estrid, his widowed mother,daughter of an English thegn killed at the Battle of Hastings is determined to exonerate him.
All of this is played out against Odo Earl of Kent's occupation of the town after his troops fell in battle against King William Rufus.
A fine thriller and even better period novel of the first few decades of Norman occupation.
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