It is October 1477 and Roger the Chapman, newly married and still enjoying wedded bliss, is surprised to find his old, familiar feeling of restlessness returning Within a month he is setting off, once again, on the ancient ridge road that dissects Dartmoor and heads for Plymouth, driven by some instinct that he is needed there.Roger accepts a lift from a carter who is goiIt is October 1477 and Roger the Chapman, newly married and still enjoying wedded bliss, is surprised to find his old, familiar feeling of restlessness returning Within a month he is setting off, once again, on the ancient ridge road that dissects Dartmoor and heads for Plymouth, driven by some instinct that he is needed there.Roger accepts a lift from a carter who is going to visit his daughter, Joanna, in the oldest part of the city Roger s instinct is soon proven correct when Joanna tells the story of her neighbor, Master Capstick, who was brutally beaten to death The chief suspect is Capstick s great nephew, Beric Master Capstick s housekeeper saw Beric leaving the house that morning, his tunic stained with blood, and many people saw the young man s wild ride for home on his great black horse When the King s men arrived at Beric s manor house, though, the horse was already in the stables and Beric had somehow managed to vanish completely.The local people, quick to fall back on the witchcraft of their ancestors, blame the Saint John s fern, which if eaten can make a man invisible Roger, already responsible for solving many difficult mysteries, suspects that there is a obvious answer and begins his own inquiries Roger notices that he is not the first to approach witnesses, and when an attempt is made on his life, Roger knows he must be close to a truth that is even extraordinary than the superstition if only he can live to tell it.
The Saint John s Fern It is October and Roger the Chapman newly married and still enjoying wedded bliss is surprised to find his old familiar feeling of restlessness returning Within a month he is setting off once
9 Roger the Chapman medieval mystery in which a newly married Roger heads off to Plymouth, directed there by one of his dreams, and sure enough, finds a mystery that needs solving Oliver Capstick was murdered in his home about five months ago, and everyone knows the culprit his nephew, Beric Gifford They had argued heatedly the day before and he was seen both coming and going from the uncle s home, even to the point of having a dark stain on his tunic on his way out But no one, including the She [...]
This is yet another entertaining medieval tale from Kate Sedley It s 1477 and Roger the Chapman, still on his honeymoon with his new bride in Bristol, England, finds his restlessness returning Driven by some instinct that he skills as a sleuth are needed, he sets off through Dartmoor to Plymouth on the southwest coast of England Roger s instinct is soon proven well founded when he hears of a brutal murder, the victim a Master Capstick, a well respected and wealthy businessman The chief suspect i [...]
It took me a while to get into this book, but about halfway through it finally grabbed my interest, so I m not sure if it was me or the book I don t read a lot of mysteries, generally speaking, and when I do, I tend to prefer the ones that I THINK I have figured out and then WHAMMO it turns out to be something totally different With this book, I had it cracked about 50 pages before the sleuth I kept waiting for the big twist that would blow my mind, and it just turned out that I was right I was [...]
A rich old man is beaten to death His nephew is seen leaving the scene, all bloody, and has now disappeared The question of why and how the accused murderer disappeared as if invisible is a neat mystery Roger the Chapman doesn t like murderers who get away with it, but things don t work out quite the way he expected He can charm clues out of the local housewives, but somebody is working hard to twist the information.Roger s forest travels made me feel his love of nature It balances his chatty, s [...]
From the time of the Wars of the Roses, these novels give readers a double pleasure lots of good cultural and social, as well as historical, detail about Medieval England and really fun puzzle murder mysteries It helps that the protagonist detective, a chapman travelling salesman who has a background in the holy orders and is big, good looking, and skillful at fighting, is engaging and sympathetic often fooled along with the reader.
After the sad death of Ellis Peters and the realisation that Cadfael would be forever gone, with no new adventures Kate Sedley was where I turned This particular story has a twist at the end and it keeps you guessing all the way through, after Cadfael s adventures I ve found Roger the Chapman equally as compelling, and again they show how history has changed the British landscape This was one of the most enjoyable of Kate Sedley s books because of the unexpected ending
Murder and alleged witchcraft abound in this offering from Kate Sedley A twist in the tale that would make Agatha Christie proud.
In 1477, Roger becomes suspicious of the supposed murder of an old man by his grand nephew.Another quick read from this Medieval era detail oriented author Lots of fun.
Enjoyed it, but I guessed the ending by about the two thirds point in the book.
A tepid mystery, with a sanctimonius main character, which I nevertheless felt compelled to complete, just to find out how it ended.