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by Sharan Newman

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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In the spring of 1148, Catherine LeVendeur and her husband, Edgar, decide that
Paris is too unhealthy for their young children. Edgar is undertaking a trading
journey to Spain and he wishes the children and the pregnant Catherine to travel
to the convent of the Paraclete, where the Abbess Heloise can care for them
and keep them safe from sickness and other troubles. Edgar trusts that Catherine's
mentor, Heloise, will keep his family there until it is safe to return to Paris.

Heloise is concerned for the welfare
of her son, Astrolabe, and ultimately
convinces Catherine to leave the children
in her care and to travel to Reims,
where the Pope's council will be convening. Catherine is unusually well
for the times and speaks Latin. Thus,
she will be Heloise's eyes and ears in
the city and perhaps learn the whereabouts of Astrolabe.

This is the eighth book in the adventures of the delightful Catherine. The author
transports us to medieval France with her meticulous research and her storytelling
craft. The readers learns
the history of the tumultuous times
while being entertained by a unique cast
of characters. I did miss Edgar and Solomon, both absent throughout much
of the novel. However, Catherine and her companions more than made up for their
absence. An outstanding series, not to be missed by historical fiction lovers.
(Dec., 351 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Lorraine Gelly

Publisher: Forge

Published: December 2002

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