Dragon's Lair by SharonKay Penman
(Penman, Sharon Kay)

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The long-awaited third novel in Sharon Kay Penman's much-loved medieval mystery series.

July 1193: Richard Lionheart, eldest and most favored son of Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitane, languishes in an Austrian dungeon, held for ransom by the Holy Roman Emperor. Lusting after the crown in England, his brother John plots with his country's bitterest foe, King Philippe of France, to see to it Richard never leaves Austria alive. But the Queen has already begun to meet the ransom demands, and it is only a matter of time before the Austrians turn over their royal prisoner. And then one of the ransom payments vanishes in the fastnesses of Wales, itself wracked by rebellion and intrigue. Into this maelstrom, Eleanor sends her trusted man, Justin de Quincy-and murder soon follows.

First introduced in The Queen's Man-an Edgar nominee for best first mystery-Justin de Quincy returns in what may well be Penman's strongest mystery to date.
 

About SharonKay Penman

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Sharon Kay Penman has lived in England and Wales and currently resides in New Jersey. She is the author of six other novels: Falls the Shadow, Here Be Dragons, The Reckoning, The Sunne in Splendour, When Christ and His Saints Slept, and the first Justin de Quincy adventure: The Queen's Man.
 
Published October 13, 2003 by Putnam Adult. 348 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The third in Penman's medieval series (Cruel as the Grave, 1998, etc.) sandwiches a polished and absorbing historical mystery in between Justin's frequent encounters with beautiful women and dangerous men.

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As summer wears on in 1193, Eleanor, Dowager Queen of England and Duchess of Aquitaine, is working feverishly to raise the extravagant ransom demanded for the release of her oldest son Richard, King of England, from Germany.

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In Penman's third polished medieval mystery (after 1998's Cruel as the Grave), her dedicated and resourceful hero, Justin de Quincy, tries to recover, qui

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In Penman's third polished medieval mystery (after 1998's Cruel as the Grave), her dedicated and resourceful hero, Justin de Quincy, tries to recover, quite literally, a king's ransom in coffers of precious metals and bales of wool, which are as valuable as gold, that have been stolen in northern...

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