Ashes of the Elements by Alys Clare
(Hawkenlye Mystery Trilogy)

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In this, Book II of the Hawkenlye Trilogy, the Abbess Helewise takes on another strange case with her French partner, Josse d'Acquin. A lumberjack in the Wealken forest has been found dead. The locals would have it that the mythical Forest People are to blame for his violent end. But when the Abbess Helewise steps in to investigate, she thinks a supernatural solution too easy an answer. She consults her friend Josse d'Acquin, a French soldier of fortune who has helped her many a time. He, concerned about the safety of the abbey, ventures into the forest himself, only to find in this so-called haunted wood something that terrifies even him. Now the two must reconcile superstition with their better judgement.


About Alys Clare

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Alys Clare divides her time between Tonbridge, England-in the area where Tavern in the Morning is set--and her ancient stone cottage in Brittany. The author of two previous Hawkenlye mysteries, Fortune Like the Moon and Ashes of the Elements, she has also studied archaeology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Published May 21, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even though she’s preoccupied with novice Caliste, a sleepwalker responding to the call of the forest, and with lay servant Esyllt, who also periodically disappears into the woods, she teams up with her worldly partner, king’s man Josse d’Acquin, who spends his first night in the wilderness witne...

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Sir Josse's respect for the abbess's intelligence and integrity is just one of his charms, while the struggle both characters go through to reconcile their religious convictions with the superstitions surrounding the night forest adds more than usual interest.

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