Sanctity of Hate by Priscilla Royal
A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries)

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The summer of 1276 at Tyndal Priory is peaceful—or was until Kenelm’s corpse is found floating in the millpond. When Brother Thomas concludes the murder occurred on priory grounds, Prioress Eleanor and Crowner Ralf swiftly agree to help each other solve the crime.

The murder victim, a newcomer, was disliked in Tyndal village, and no one wants one of their own hanged for the deed. Fingers quickly point to a Jewish family, refugees under the relocation provisions of King Edward’s Statute of the Jewry. Riots loom, threats against the family mount. Eleanor and Ralf have little time before popular opinion rules the murder solved.

But did Jacob ben Asser really kill the man? Or was it Brother Gwydo, a new lay brother with an unknown past? These questions are difficult enough, but when Gytha, the prioress’ maid, joins the suspect list, the inquiry takes an even more troubling turn.

Murder investigations are always grim, but this one grows as ominous as a North Sea storm. Once again, Prioress Eleanor jousts with the Prince of Darkness for the sake of justice, but this time even she wonders if unmasking the killer is something she wants to do.
 

About Priscilla Royal

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Priscilla Royal is the author of the medieval mysteries Tyrant of the Mind and Wine of Violence. She was born in Seattle, grew up in British Columbia, and now resides in Northern California. She is a member of the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime. http://www.priscillaroyal.com/
 
Published December 3, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 231 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The death of an unpopular man exposes some ugly truths about the residents of Tyndal Village.

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The plight of English Jewry under Edward I propels Royal’s ninth medieval mystery (after 2011’s Killing Season), the best yet in a consistently strong series. As the author explains in an afterword, t

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The plight of English Jewry under Edward I propels Royal’s ninth medieval mystery (after 2011’s Killing Season), the best yet in a consistently strong series.

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The body of a local man — head bashed in and throat cut — is found floating in.

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