The Moneylender of Toulouse
A Fools' Guild MysteryFools' Guild Mysteries (Volume 7)
In 1204 A.D., Theophilos, jester and agent for the Fools' Guild, is sent to Toulouse with his jester wife, infant daughter and young apprentice with one simple mission – get the current Bishop to quietly retire so that the position can be filled with one more sympathetic to the Guild's goals. Arriving just before Christmas, they quickly learn that the Bishop is in some hot water with a man widely known as the local money lender. A man who, a day after pressing the Bishop particularly hard, is found floating face down in a tanner's vat.
Now, with time running out for him to accomplish their mission and thus protect the Guild, Theophilos has but one option left: find out what actually happened the night that the Moneylender of Toulouse ended up so spectacularly dead.
Praise for The Moneylender of Toulouse
“Gorgeous historical details...a fool who is also a family man, banter that makes a reader grin while at the same time serious issues move in the depths, and a puzzle that smacks sweetly into path. Only a fool would pass it up.” —Laurie R. King, author of Touchstone, on The Lark's Lament
“Gordon's vivid writing style and his smooth blending of history and mystery make the book a delight to read.” —Booklist on The Lark's Lament
“The great humanity with which Gordon invests his books...makes this series a standout in the crowded field of historical mysteries.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer on The Widow of Jerusalem
“I can't get enough of Alan Gordon's fine story-telling and thoroughly engaging characters.” —Margaret Frazer, author of The Apostate's Tale on The Lark’s Lament
“Blends fact and fiction to create an absorbing tale....This should reinforce Gordon's place in the top rank of medieval historicals.” —Publishers Weekly on the Widow of Jerusalem
“Imaginative...briskly paced...true to the spirit of the age.” —Denver Post on The Lark's Lament