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Medieval Mysteries...

Posted: Mon July 29th, 2013, 11:50 pm
by Nefret
Because I really need more books on my TBR list. I've not read any of these yet, but I would like to. Please make suggestions.

The first book of the series would be most helpful too.

Posted: Tue July 30th, 2013, 12:36 am
by Susan
I've been making my way through Margaret Frazer's Dame Frevisse mysteries set (so far) in the reign of Henry VI. And of course there's the Ellis Peters' (Edith Pargeter) Brother Cadfael mysteries. Why are there so many murders around medieval abbeys? :confused:

Posted: Tue July 30th, 2013, 8:20 am
by Madeleine
Yes it's a popular period for crime!

Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew series is quite good - 1st book is A Plague on Both Your Houses - set in 13th century Cambridge.

Posted: Tue July 30th, 2013, 9:51 pm
by Nefret
Has anyone read Kate Sedley? Her series is set during the Wars of the Roses.

Posted: Wed July 31st, 2013, 7:45 am
by annis
I've read Kate Sedley - quite good with some rather deliciously nasty characters :) Like many of these series she works her mysteries around a central figure- in her case, Roger the Chapman (a monk turned pedlar).

I also enjoy Bernard Knight's Crowner John series - main character is one of the early coroners during the reigns of Richard ! and King John, Candace Robb's Owen Archer series and Sharon Penman's Justin de Quincey series.

For something different, Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series is set in early medieval Ireland.

Then of course, there's the historical mystery series which started the whole genre - Eliis Peters' Brother Cadfael series, set on the Welsh border during the wars between King Stephen and Empress Matilda.

One problem is that most of these series are pretty long, and generally ongoing!

Margaret has a good collection on her Historical Novels Info website too.
Books are listed in their chronological sections with novels first and then mysteries following.

Posted: Wed July 31st, 2013, 9:21 pm
by catzkc
The only ones I know of is the series by Ariana Franklin (pen name for Diana Norman), set in medieval England. I haven't read them myself just yet, but I had ordered them from the library and I just got the email today they are ready for me to pick up, so I will be reading them in the coming weeks! She died last year (I think, may have been 2 years ago), and her daughter finished her last book in the series, which is due out in January in the UK. In order:

Mistress of the Art of Death
The Serpent's Tale
Grave Goods
A Murderous Procession
Winter Siege (UK release set for January 2, 1014, not sure date of US release)