October 1143. A mysterious archer who kills cleanly and ‘dissolves’ into the forest, a missing train of pack mules on the salt road from Wich, and a lord in the wrong place at the wrong time, mean a crime the lord Sheriff of Worcestershire cannot ignore. Bradecote, Catchpoll, and the eager Walkelin, are hunting a killer and a gang, and whoever is giving them orders. They are not helped by a reeve keen to keep his position, a lord with his own ends to serve, and a distrusting and vengeful widow with a haunted past, to whom Bradecote is increasingly attracted.
About the Author
Sarah Hawkswood describes herself as a ‘wordsmith’ who is only really happy when writing. She read Modern History at Oxford University and the takes her pen name from her six times great grandmother. She is married, with two grown up children and now lives in Malvern, Worcestershire.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am excited and a little bit sad reading this book. It was really good but there’s another two in the series before it which I’ve missed. How did I miss them? This is a good one – Bradecote and Catchpoll are already my friends and as soon as I’ve finished this review, I’m off to read the other two. (as well as writing rhyming poetry apparently) I do love historical fiction and always hope it’s going to have great characters as well as great scene setting using all of the five senses. Of course this book does in spades. The medieval environment is carefully crafted that it made me think f the Yorvik viking Centre as I was reading – if you’ve not been there, it’s a medieval model of a life size Yorkshire town with models which stink and roads covered in mud and animal dirt as they would have done back in those times. It’s very authentic and this book puts that on the page. (No scratch and sniff luckily) There’s a great mystery and great lead characters here ( I particularly liked the mysterious archer). There’s a lot of careful research and love and attention gone into this book and I will certainly be reading books one and two. And the ones to come in the future. Otherwise I will request that a pigeon take a message to the author stating that I request forthwith a new installment to the historical adventures.I doft my cap to you Ms Hawkswood – a fair and funny plot with a unique band of characters and an illuminating view into life of another time . Welcome to a world of medieval mystery!