Murder at Whitby Abbey
by Cassandra Clark

Despatched to Whitby Abbey to barter for a Holy Relic, Hildegard of Meaux is plunged into a baffling murder investigation in this gripping medieval mystery.

December, 1389. As penance for her sexual misconduct earlier that year, Hildegard is sent by Abbot de Courcy to the powerful Whitby Abbey on a difficult quest: to obtain a Holy Relic, a lock of St Hild’s hair, kept secretly by the monks for over 600 years.

Accompanied by two monks militant and a young priest from the Abbey of Meaux, Hildegard finds the Whitby guest house teeming with visitors intent on celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas before the austere days of Lent set in. To her dismay, she finds that others, too, are desperate to obtain the Relic and she has no choice but to enter a bidding war if she wants to fulfil her Abbot’s request.

When the unmarked body of a young monk is discovered in an apple store, dangerous secrets emerge and with tensions between town and abbey erupting into open violence Hildegard finds that even the holy precinct is full of menace …

“Clark expertly blends murder and Machiavellian politics in this stellar 14th-century historical … Fans of strong female sleuths like Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma will feel right at home” Publishers Weekly on A Parliament of Spies

“Highly recommended for fans of medieval mystery series like Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries” Library Journal on The Law of Angels

Reviews

Excellent … a standout in the crowded medieval mystery field

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Authentically mired in fourteenth-century religion, politics, and social unrest, the tenth volume in Clark's consistently superior medieval mystery series will not disappoint fans of the genre

Booklist

Readers who favor the political tensions and historical aspects of Ellis Peters’s “Brother Cadfael” mysteries will further appreciate this leisurely paced story

Library Journal

One of the heroine’s most perilous and exciting adventures

Kirkus Reviews

As enjoyable as a crackling fire in a snowed-in monastery

Historical Novel Society

Cassandra Clark

Cassandra Clark is an award-winning scriptwriter for theatre, radio and television, and the author of nine previous novels in the Hildegard of Meaux medieval mystery series. Running wild near the ruins of the Abbey of Meaux in the East Riding as a child became her inspiration for the series while the discovery in a dusty archive of the Chronicle of Meaux written in 1395 is the secret source for her research.

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Editions

Murder at Whitby Abbey by Cassandra Clark is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278895391st October 2019145 X 223mm240$28.99
Hardback978072788953928th June 2019145 X 223mm240£20.99
Ebook97814483023691st August 2019N/A240$16.99
Ebook97814483023691st August 2019N/A240£11.99
Hardback - Large Print978072789255328th April 2020144 X 222mm352$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978072789255328th February 2020144 X 222mm352£22.99
Paperback97817802962102nd June 2020140 X 220mm240$17.95
Paperback978178029621028th February 2020140 X 220mm240£12.99
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