Falconer and the Great Beast by Ian Morson

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It is 1268, and Oxford is forced to play host to the Tartars, a tribe from the East whose fierceness is legendary, and who, after having played havoc in France and Germany now cross the English Channel under the banner of Peace. Their arrival, little welcome by the people of Oxford, creates a sense of foreboding and when the Tartar ambassador is found dead it looks like murder, or magic?
Master William Falconer, the committed scientist knows, or thinks he knows, a rational explanation must lay behind the emissary’s death but before the mystery is solved he has to question the soundness of his methods.
 

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Ian Morson studied at Oxford University and lives in BerkhamIan Morson studied at Oxford University and lives in Berkhamsted, England. He is the author of "Falconer's Crusade."sted, England. He is the author of "Falconer's Crusade."
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Ostara Publishing. 173 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A second florid chronicle of the life and times of mid-13th century Regent Master William Falconer, Oxford scholar and teacher (Falconer's Crusade, 1995).

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Noting that Falconer seems oddly reluctant to help his cause, his friends, constable Peter Bullock and newly created Master Thomas Symon, join with Falconer’s mistress, Saphira Le Veske (Falconer and the Ritual of Death, 2008, etc.), to search for the real murderer.

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Falconer, who enjoys a strong relationship with the despised Jewish community, well remembers 1250 as the year he arrived in Oxford and proved that Jews accused of ritual murder were innocent.

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His exiled mentor Roger Bacon has asked Oxford Regent Master William Falconer to find an unnamed local alchemist, but he's given Falconer only the most cryptic of clues to the man's identity.

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A grisly discovery sets the stage for Morson's solid sixth whodunit to feature William Falconer (after 1999's Falconer and the Great Beast ).

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This sparkling medieval mystery debut introduces an appealing sleuth, Regent Master William Falconer of Aristotle College, Oxford University, who calls himself a ``deductionist.'' When not tutoring young clods, Falconer, who keeps a live owl in his rooms, experiments wth flying devices.

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