Daughters of Summer
It is 1221 in the Northumbrian town of Hexham. The annual fair is about to start, resulting in extra work for Lord Godwin, Hexham’s bailiff, and extra excitement for Hexham’s inhabitants. However, neither Lord Godwin nor the town’s inhabitants expected this excitement to include the murder of a leading merchant of the town. This merchant had recently begun to suspect his wife of infidelity. Might the murder be connected to this, or perhaps to his unfair dealings with fellow merchants?
While this second book in the Lord Godwin series isn’t as multi-faceted as the first, Murder on Good Friday, the same vivid descriptions of the period, the landscape, and the characters gave great pleasure to this reader. Conway’s writing made me feel as if I were in medieval Northumbria, and the evolving relationships between the characters are most enjoyable to follow.
For this reason, try to start with the first book in the series.