Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales Of Ignoble Demises
Murder Most Medieval is a pleasing collection of historical mystery stories. For newcomers to this genre, there is an ample selection of crimes to test the sleuthing abilities of justice-seekers. The tales run the gamut from superstition and witchcraft, which Robin Hood and Marion face in Clayton Emery’s tale, to the borders of Scotland, where Doug Allyn’s minstrel, Tallifer, falls in with a blind girl with a voice of an angel and a hidden past. For diehard fans, Peter Tremayne’s Brehon, Sister Fidelma, returns to give closure to a victim of jealous love, and we also have new stories from tried and true authors such as Edward Marston and Margaret Frazer. Winding up the anthology is a posthumous treat from Ellis Peters, who sheds some light on the early days of her renowned and beloved Brother Cadfael, the warrior-turned-detective monk. All in all, thirteen fine tales which prove that the aid of modern forensics is not needed to bring murderers to justice when, equipped with intelligence and tenacity, seekers of truth will prevail.