Welcome to My World of Medieval Mysteries

"Anyone who hasn't read Priscilla Royal's mysteries yet is in for a treat. She paints the 13th century in bold, convincing colors and portrays its people with style, suspense and wit."

Published Works


Covenant With Hell.

Covenant with Hell

Still troubled by the events in The Sanctity of Hate, Prioress Eleanor goes on a pilgrimage in the spring of 1277 to a famous East Anglian shrine. There are rumors that King Edward may also come here soon to seek God’s blessing for his invasion of Wales.

From Booklist: Once again, Royal utilizes a religious pilgrimage as the perfect backdrop for an expertly wrought and detailed medieval mystery. Wherever Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas travel, murder and mayhem are certain to follow.

Finalist for the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award.

"There is no better writer of medieval mysteries than Priscilla Royal." ~ Sharon Kay Penman, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Royal again demonstrates why she’s a worthy successor to Ellis Peters."~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Royal does her usual superb job of dovetailing both the religious and the political subtext bolstering her tautly strung narrative. This historically authentic series is definitely on a par with the best of Peter Tremayne and Ellis Peters." ~ Booklist

Sanctity of Hate.

"Entralling medieval mysteries . . . vividly drawn characters

~ Marilyn Stasio
New York Times

Sanctity of Hate

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2012

 "...the best yet in a consistently strong series...and the pacing makes this a one- or two-sitting read at most."

~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The corpse of an unpopular newcomer floats in the priory millpond. A Jewish family, refugees under the 1275 Statute of the Jewry, is accused. Did Jacob ben Asser kill him or was it Gytha, the prioress' maid? Even Prioress Eleanor now wonders if she wants to unmask the killer.

Valley of Dry Bones A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal.
A Finalist for the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award.
~ Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

A Killing Season

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2011

When Baron Herbert returns from crusade, he grows increasingly morose and withdraws from his family. When his sons begin to die in strange accidents, questions are asked whether Herbert harbors a dark sin for which God has cursed him. The baron suddenly sends for Sir Hugh of Wynethorpe, begging his friend to bring spiritual and secular healers. Sir Hugh persuades his sister, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal Priory, as well as a respected physician, Master Gamel, to accompany him. Although Sir Hugh is pleased when the prioress brings her healer, Sister Anne, he is surprised to find the mysterious Brother Thomas included.

Valley of Dry Bones A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal.

Valley of Dry Bones: A Medieval Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press, 2010

“It wouldn’t be a religious pilgrimage without a murder—at least not in one of Royal’s authentically wrought medieval mysteries. Tensions simmer within and without the walls of Tyndal Priory as Prioress Eleanor and her assistants await the arrival of the royal scouting party designated to approve the convent’s accommodations in advance of the arrival of the queen and her esteemed companions. What makes this series tick are the recurring subplots involving Eleanor, Thomas, and Ralf that run through all the narratives, binding the characters and their intimate stories together into an intriguing subtext.

~ Margaret Flanagan

Chambers of Death by Priscilla Royal.Chambers of Death, A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal.

Chambers of Death

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2009

This book can be ordered through Amazon.com just by clicking on the cover to the left (and while you are there, visit Priscilla's Authors Blog).

"At the outset of Royal's absorbing sixth medieval mystery to feature Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal (after 2008's Forsaken Soul), Eleanor and a group returning from a journey through Norfolk take shelter from a bitter autumn rainstorm in a manor house near Tyndal after one of their party, a young nun, falls gravely ill. Eleanor and her companions receive a warm welcome, but they soon realize all is not well at the manor, whose residents include the earl of Lincoln's steward, the steward's family and staff. When a groom is brutally butchered in the stable and the cook accused of his murder, Eleanor and her faithful friend, Brother Thomas, can't help investigating what they soon see is a convenient rush to judgment by the local sheriff. As the death toll mounts, they discover any number of suspects among the manor's household. Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail.

Forsaken Soul, a Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal.Forsaken Soul, A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal.

Forsaken Soul

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2008
Hardcover, trade paperback, large print, audio cassettes, MP-3 CD and CD from Blackstone Audio Books.

~ Publisher's Weekly

"Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that 21st century readers will recognize as their own."

~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Justice for teh Damned by Priscilla Royal.Tag.

Justice for the Damned

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2007
Hardcover, as a trade paperback and in large print.

" . . . a clever historical whodunit that uses a vivid background to enhance an engaging investigation . . .

~ Harriet Klausner

“The author subtly treats the erotic charge surrounding Eleanor and Thomas while shedding light on 13th-century understandings of sexuality. Royal draws together the murder, the manuscript and the ghost in an unexpected conclusion.”

~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sorrow Without End by Priscilla Royal.

Sorrow Without End

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2006
Available in hardcover, trade paperback and large print.

"Suspense builds amid a vivid backdrop of lepers wearing 'clappers', a madman who chatters warnings, venal relic sellers and the shadowy 'man from Acre', haunted by guilt for his wife's death at the hands of a sadistic crusader...a compelling resolution."

~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Tyrant of the Mind, A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal.

Tyrant Of The Mind

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2004
Available as a trade paperback and in large print.

Nominated for the Bruce Alexander History Mystery Award.
"With a deft and subtle flair rivaling that of Brother Cadfael, Prioress Eleanor sets her world to rights and leaves us wanting more."
~ Booklist

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Wine of Violence.

Wine of Violence

A Medieval Mystery, Poisoned Pen Press, 2003
Available as a trade paperback and in large print.

"Medieval mysteries are many; some are spellbinding; few are as thoroughly researched . . . or as theologically and philosophically intriguing as Priscilla Royal's first novel . . . some books evoke discussion, some create delight in rereading, some inspire a search for further knowledge. Wine of Violence does it all."
~ The Drood Review of Mystery

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Favas Can be Fatal by Priscilla Royal.

Favas Can Be Fatal: A Novel

(Priscilla's First Book)

Alice McDoughall has absolutely no interest in sleuthing, and thinks amateur detectives are a silly bunch, so imagine her shock when she comes to the defense of her best friend, whose restaurant is threatened when obnoxious food critic Arthur Peters drops dead while dining in her establishment, and uncovers a murder, and a whole host of suspects. A deliciously enjoyable whodunit featuring a memorable cast of characters and one of the most surprising murder weapons in mystery history!

Celtic A.

ll books are now available in hardcover, trade paperback, large print, and e-reader versions.

Available from Amazon.com
Poisoned Pen Press
Signed copies are available from
Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona
And now published in London in paperback and for eReaders by
Head of Zeus (below)

Priscilla Royal published by head of Zeus in London.

Sorrow Without End, Forsaken Soul, Chambers of Death,
Valley of Dry Bones, Killing Season, Sanctity of Hate

are available in audiobooks from Blackstone Audio/Downpour.