Justice for the Damned
#4 in the Medieval Mystery series
Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal, recovering from a near-fatal winter fever, journeys to Amesbury Priory in May, 1272 to visit her aunt for the Feast of Saint Melor. Although Eleanor hopes to regain her strength in the midst of pleasant childhood memories, Death reveals a most troublesome fondness for her company.
A ghost haunts Amesbury, a specter that turns murderous, yet Sister Beatrice, Eleanor’s aunt and acting prioress of Amesbury, shows an uncharacteristic hesitancy about taking charge of any investigation. As others fall victim to the vengeful phantom, Eleanor struggles to put a human face on the restless spirit, and Brother Thomas, pursuing a secret mission for the Church connected with the Priory’s famous Psaltery, finds that his own demons have unexpectedly taken on a very earthly form.
Corpses grow in number. Death dances with glee. All hope of sweet Spring begins to die, and even love takes on a somber hue....
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"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
"Royal's continuing saga of historical sleuths Eleanor and Thomas (Sorrow Without End, 2006, etc.) and their struggle to contain their inappropriate lust is a rousing tale."