Chambers of Death
#6 in the Medieval Mystery series
When one of her company falls ill on a return journey to Tyndal, Prioress Eleanor accepts lodging at a nearby manor. The hospitality may be warm, but the underlying passions among the steward's family are scorching. Master Stevyn's wife is having an affair with the groom while a local widow acts more like the lady of the manor than the lady herself. Stevyn's eldest son and spouse are obsessed with sin and heaven, while his youngest son, bound for the Church, unexpectedly returns with more interest in lute playing than the priesthood. It is no surprise when someone's throat is cut. But the sheriff does all he can to avoid offending the family rather than seek the real killer. When he arrests a servant, she is murdered before her guilt or innocence is proven. As strangers in this place, Eleanor and Thomas know nothing about motives or past history, yet God's justice demands that they do what they can before a convenient innocent is condemned. Will they discover the dark secrets that have led to this string of killings before the murderer strikes again?
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"Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail."
"Priscilla Royal understands the human heart, the medieval mind, and how to ratchet up the suspense with each turning page. Her books keep getting better and better."
—Sharon Kay Penman, NYT bestselling author
"Suspense and suspects abound as the devout duo winds its way through the startling twists and turns of the well-crafted plot. A worthy successor to Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael, Prioress Eleanor also compares favorably with Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma."