A wealthy merchant has been murdered in his own home, and the suspect has fled to sanctuary in a local church. Enter Sir Faucon de Ramis, the king’s new Keeper of the Pleas, to solve the murder, assisted by his prickly secretary, Brother Edmund.

This time, the hunt leads Sir Faucon into the upside down world of a woman’s trade where the merchant’s wife owns the business — Unheard of! — only to discover he isn’t the only one on the hunt.

My Rating: *****

My Review:

I enjoyed this 2nd book in the series as much as the 1st! Sir Faucon has been crowner for two weeks, but has settled very quickly into his new role and seems much more confident. He has been called to the town of Stanrudde by Abbot Athelard to look into the death of an old woman. The original killing which opens the first book and carried through all three stories is left open at the end as a continuation for the next book. A mystery that remains a mystery until the end.This series is so entertaining and it introcuced me to a little bit more about the 12th century. I love the characters and the storyline. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves historical mystery.