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Cruel as the Grave

Justin de Quincy Mysteries

Sharon Kay Penman

Sharon Kay Penman

Henry Holt and Co.

April 1193.  England's King Richard Lionheart languishes in a German prison, and treason scents the air. Richard's younger brother, John, seizes Windsor Castle, and Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine summons her trusted personal "queen's man," Justin de Quincy, to do the impossible - mediate a truce with her rebel son.  Amid such fateful events, the murder of a Welsh peddler's daughter seems small. But the cruel demise of the beautiful Melangell so troubles Justin that not even a threatened French invasion can keep him from investigating her death. Yet can he bring Melangell"s craven killer to justice?

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Cruel as the Grave Chapter 1 Tower of London England

April 1193

They were intimate enemies, bound by blood. Here in the torchlit splendor of the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, they’d fought yet another of their battles. As always, there was no winner. They’d inflicted wounds that would be slow to heal, and that, too, was familiar. Nothing had changed, nothing had been resolved. But never had the stakes been so high. It shimmered in the shadows between them, the ultimate icon of power: England’s royal crown.

Few knew better than Eleanor of Aquitaine how

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Praise for Cruel as the Grave

"This mystery ... delivers atmosphere, plotting and nicely modulated characters."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Penman writes about the medieval world and its people with vigor, compassion and clarity."
--The San Francisco Chronicle
 
"The historical detail is luscious."
--Library Journal
 
"Entertaining and enlightening."
--School Library Journal

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  • Sharon Kay Penman

  • Sharon Kay Penman is the author of six critically acclaimed historical novels and four medieval mysteries, one of which was a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.

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