The summer season of 1273 is peaceable for many of britain, yet Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal Priory is afflicted. Her pal, Crowner Ralf, is newly widowed with a child daughter. Her new anchoress is terrifying her servants and inviting viewers to her window at evening. after which Martin the Cooper is poisoned on the neighborhood inn.
Could the assassin be his ordinary whore, approximately to be tossed apart for one more girl? Or is it the innkeeper’s niece who has mystery purposes for fearing him? probably the blacksmith did it, a guy whose mood may have exploded while he used to be mocked as soon as too usually? Martin definitely had a wealth of enemies. The killer should be any of them.
Eleanor deals what support she will be able to to the research, as does Sister Anne, a former apothecary. but her personal difficulties multiply and Eleanor has sturdy cause to remorse her kindness: one of many nocturnal viewers to the anchoress’ window has been Brother Thomas, a guy the prioress secretly loves. Now his loyalty to her as head of Tyndal Priory is suspect.
Bodies multiply. Suspects disappear. nobody likes the course the proof issues, yet God’s justice needs to be rendered—even for the main forsaken soul.