A Killing Season
A Killing Season
A Medieval Mystery
Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590589472, 228pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 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.Tensions spark among family members and soon ignite too among those who came to help. Death's scythe harvests more victims, and it is not long before Ecclesiastes grim words seem all too apt: there is a season for everything under heaven, including a time to kill. Is there also a time to heal?
"Rich atmosphere and well-drawn characters make this a superior historical."—Publishers Weekly starred review
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