City of Pearl
by Alys Clare

Apprentice healer Lassair uncovers the secrets of the mysterious City of Pearl in the compelling new Aelf Fen medieval mystery.

October, 1093.
At her mentor’s urgent request, Lassair is accompanying Gurdyman across the sea to Spain. But why is he so insistent on embarking on this difficult and dangerous journey just as winter approaches? And why does he seem so afraid? Could there be any connection to the vagrant found lying dead outside his home, a single pearl clutched in his outstretched hand?

As the pair reach the remote mountainous regions of northern Spain, Lassair will be tested as never before. Hot on her trail is Jack Chevestrier, the young lawman who loves her. But who is it who’s trying to kill him … and why?


“Eerie … those who enjoy mystical thrillers set in medieval Europe will be well rewarded”

Publishers Weekly

“Clare produces another winner … this magical adventure story, full of joy, danger, and sadness, will draw both Clare's crime-fiction fans as well as fantasy readers”


“A host of minor mysteries enliven this magical tour of mystical lands”

Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid details of life in eleventh century England, combined with an engaging cast and plenty of genuine suspense, will keep historical mystery devotees firmly in Clare's corner”

Booklist on The Rufus Spy

“Engrossing ... All will relate to the empathetic Lassair and her authentic emotional responses to the people in her life”

Publishers Weekly on The Rufus Spy

“A fascinating look at medieval England”

Library Journal on The Night Wanderer

“Skillful pacing and a healthy dose of mysticism add to the appeal - especially for fans of medieval historicals”

Publishers Weekly on The Night Wanderer

“Historical fiction fans who enjoy such authors as Ellis Peters, Simon Beaufort, Susanna Gregory and Margaret Frazer will delight in exploring Clare's medieval world”

Library Journal on Blood of the South

Alys Clare

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She is also the author of the Hawkenlye, Aelf Fen and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

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City of Pearl by Alys Clare is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278889831st December 2019135 X 240mm256$28.99
Hardback978072788898330th August 2019135 X 240mm256£20.99
Ebook97814483033421st October 2019N/A256$14.99
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