Brother Chandler #02: The Day of the Serpent

Brother Chandler #02: The Day of the Serpent
Cassandra Clark
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The murder of a loyal king' s man threatens the self-crowned King Henry' s new regime in this second gripping medieval mystery featuring friar, sleuth and reluctant spy Brother Chandler. January, 1400. The bowman strikes at night, slaying one of King Henry' s loyal garrison men before melting back into the darkness. Was the murder the result of a personal quarrel? Or is it, as Henry' s stepbrother, Swynford, fears, the start of an uprising against England' s self-crowned king? Swynford orders Brother Chandler to investigate, before the spark of rebellion can set the whole country alight. Friar, reluctant sleuth, and even more reluctant spy, Brother Chandler is a man with dark secrets and divided loyalties. To the murdered King Richard. To his paymaster, the usurper King Henry. And to beautiful, naive Mattie, a maid in the household of heretical poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who holds dangerous secrets of her own. Trusted by no one, Chandler must walk a tightrope of secrets and lies if he is to uncover the truth about the murder, while ensuring he - and the few people he cares about - stay alive. Combining rich historical detail with deep characterisations and enthralling mystery, this medieval puzzler is a perfect choice for fans of sleuthing monks and nuns like Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael and Peter Tremayne' s Sister Fidelma.
The story grips. Readers will want to see more of this highly original protagonist * Publishers Weekly on The Hour of the Fox * The history is meticulously researched and depicted . . . Brother Chandler' s sleuthing may appeal to nonfiction readers looking for variety in their reading just as much as the fans of Clark' s popular Abbess Hildegard of Meaux series * Booklist on The Hour of the Fox * The mystery is a slender thread woven through rich historical detail in this intriguing introduction to a conflicted hero * Kirkus Reviews on The Hour of the Fox * Excellent . . . A Standout in the crowded medieval mystery field * Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Murder at Whitby Abbey * Readers who favor the political tensions and historical aspects of Ellis Peters' s "Brother Cadfael" mysteries will further appreciate this [novel] * Library Journal on Murder at Whitby Abbey *
Cassandra Clark is an award-winning scriptwriter for theatre, radio and television. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed Hildegard of Meaux medieval mysteries, as well as this new series featuring Brother Rodric Chandler.