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"Priscilla Royal understands the human heart, the medieval mind,
and how to ratchet up the suspense with each turning page."

   —Sharon Kay Penman, NYT bestselling author

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Satan's Lullaby
Coming February 2, 2015

Welcome to thirteenth century England where our assumptions about the medieval world may be shaken and the inhabitants of those distant centuries begin to resemble friends, neighbors, and even family. As a writer of historical mysteries, I want to honor the past by allowing characters to speak and act within the context of their world but without making the mistake that everyone thought and behaved exactly the same. Language and fashion may change, but human nature does not. And keep in mind that what is the past to us was the immediate present to our ancestors, just as today will be history to our descendants.

Coming in February from Poisoned Pen Press is Satan's Lullaby, the eleventh in series featuring Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas of the Order of Fontevraud.

In the autumn of 1278, dusty summer breathes a last sigh before the dark seasons arrive. For Prioress Eleanor, however, dark times come early. A priest has been sent from the abbey in Anjou to investigate allegations that the prioress has broken her vows. When the investigator's clerk is poisoned and the priest fears for his life, fingers are pointed at Prioress Eleanor and her sub-infirmarian, Sister Anne. Who is the killer, the one who has succumbed to Satan's lullaby?


"History is the essence of innumerable biographies."
   —Thomas Carlyle, "On History," 1838