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THE DEMON'S PARCHMENT
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
This superb series isn’t kidding when it describes itself as medieval noir. The historical details and setting are accurate — which in this book means grim. At least in part, the hero holds the attitudes of his time, which can make him an unpleasant as well as tortured character. The writing is wonderful and the history vividly presented. Not to be missed by fans of real historical mysteries.
When Crispin Guest was convicted of treason, he instantly lost his standing, his estate, his money and his friends. Now he lives in the most wretched slums, is often drunk and solves mysteries. When a Jewish doctor living at the Court approaches him to find a missing parchment, he hesitates, both because of his feelings about Jews, who were expelled from England a century before and because he is forbidden to enter the Court. At the same time, he is looking into the gruesome murders of young boys. Are the crimes related? (MINOTAUR, Oct., 304 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: October 2010