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A maze of murders
Grace, C. L.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2003]

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239 pages ; 22 cm
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Medieval physician Kathryn Swinbrooke is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a sacred relic, the Lacrima Christi, from a well-guarded chapel in Canterbury. Shortly after the relic vanishes, its owner, wealthy lord Sir Walter Maltravers - a former soldier with a troubled past- is found savagely murdered in the maze of hedges in his own garden. As a killer, clearly bent on revenge, continues to strike and more bodies turn up, Kathryn is drawn into Maltravers's shadowy history in her search for answers.

Author Notes

C. L. Grace is the pseudonym of Paul Doherty, author of five previous Kathryn Swinbrooke mysteries as well as numerous books in other series. He holds a doctorate from Oxford and lives in England.

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Booklist Review

When a precious relic disappears from a seemingly impregnable chapel, Kathryn Swinbrooke, medieval physician and apothecary, is commissioned by the king to investigate the theft. With the able assistance of her stalwart fiance, King's Commissioner Colum Murtagh, Kathryn attempts to put the pieces of an elaborate puzzle together. After the owner of the relic, Sir Walter Maltrevers, a former soldier who amassed a fortune via the spoils of war, is decapitated while praying deep in the recesses of his elaborate maze, Kathryn and Colum realize they are dealing with something more sinister than a simple case of thievery. As murder follows murder, they must delve deeply into Sir Walter's unsavory past in order to expose a vicious conspiracy. As usual, Kathryn takes advantage of her considerable medical knowledge in order to solve a mystery steeped in treachery, intrigue, and poison. Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

In C.L. Grace's A Maze of Murders: A Medieval Mystery Featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke, the fifth book in this solid series to chronicle the doughty physician's exploits (after 2001's Saintly Murders), Kathryn looks into the murder of Sir Walter Maltravers, owner of a holy relic, the Lacrima Christi, which has gone missing. As usual, Grace (the pseudonym for British historian Paul Doherty) uses his scholarly expertise to craft an enthralling historical whodunit. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Ready to wed her "Irish warrior," Colum, 1473 Canterbury physician/herbalist Kathryn Swinbrooke must instead deal with the theft of a pigeon egg-sized ruby dubbed the "Lacrima Christi" and the murder of its owner. Members of his household discover the decapitated body of Sir Walter Maltravers in the center of the elaborate maze where he performed penance for what he perceived as his human failures during the fall of Constantinople in 1453. As King's Commissioners, Kathryn and Colum investigate Walter's murder and a subsequent death at his manor house. Abundant description, provocative narrative, an assertive heroine, and picturesque times will please aficionados of historicals. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.