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Chambers of Death

By: Priscilla Royal
Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
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Summary

When one of her company falls ill on a return journey to Tyndal, Prioress Eleanor accepts lodging at a nearby manor. There, Master Stevyns's wife is having an affair with the groom, while a local widow acts more like the lady of the manor than the lady herself. The master's eldest son and spouse are obsessed with sin and heaven, while his youngest son, bound for the church, unexpectedly returns with more interest in lute playing than the priesthood.

It is no surprise when someone's throat is cut, but the sheriff does all he can to avoid offending the family rather than seeking the real killer. When he arrests a servant, she herself is stabbed before she can either prove her innocence or be taken away for hanging. Eleanor must discover the dark secrets that have led to this string of killings before the murderer strikes again.

©2009 Priscilla Royal (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Absorbing....Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great story.

I cannot tell you why the Reader did not pull this off, for me. She is fine, on the surface. But I found myself having to go back and re listen to entire chapters in order to keep up. There were also several times that sentences were repeated, which also cut up the flow. A pity. Her voice is quite pleasant. Perhaps too pleasant? It was all the same tempo. But the story itself is wonderful so, please, do not be too put off from reading/listening to it! Just know that you might have to concentrate a bit harder than usual.

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Chamber of Death

A bit predictable and much repetitive. Less about the abbesses lust and brother Thomas need for men and more details about the lifestyle that prevailed at the time

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Absolutely awesome!!

This exceeded all expectation. An exceptional murder mystery in a historical setting. Prioress and monk are taking shelter in a household when a murder is committed, thanks to the obsequious sheriff the assailant is taken in, or maybe perhaps not...

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