This is Priscilla Royal's second murder mystery set in the 13th century -
and it's a true delight. Royal continues with the characters she
introduced in 'Wine of Violence
' (2003) - the gutsy young prioress of
Tyndal Abbey, Eleanor, and her companions, Sister Anne, a nun skilled in
medicine, and Brother Thomas, an unwilling and unseemingly handsome monk with a complex past - more about which we'll undoubtedly learn in
The first installment was set in Tyndal, but in Tyrant of
, Eleanor, Sister Anne and Brother Thomas have traveled to Eleanor's
family seat on the borders of Wales where her nephew is very sick.
Before long the bodies start falling, almost as thick and fast as the snow on
the ground (which prevents anyone...
Beyond the Book
Priscilla Royal grew up in British Columbia and has a
degree in world literature from San Francisco State University, where
she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. Until recently, she
worked for the Federal government in a variety of positions. She is a theater fan as well as reader of
history, mysteries, and fiction of lesser violence. She now lives in
Northern California and belongs to the California Writers Club and
Sisters in Crime.
When she published her first book,
in late 2003, Priscilla Royal gave credit to the team at her publishers,
Poisoned Pen Press, 'for making my 50-year-old dream come...