Music of the Distant Stars
by Alys Clare

The new Lassair mystery from the author of the Hawkenlye books

Very early one summer morning, Lassair slips out of her Fenland village on a deeply personal mission and discovers the body of a young woman, hidden where it has no place to be. The girl’s identity is quickly discovered but, as Lassair wonders who killed her and why, she swiftly becomes mystified and frightened.

Why did a sweet-natured and loveable little seamstress have to die? Did a lover kill her to keep a dangerous secret? Soon suspicion creeps uncomfortably close to home, pointing at the strange brother of the exotic foreign girl who is about to become Lassair’s sister-in-law. Taken to Cambridge to meet an extraordinary man, Lassair learns more about the dead girl’s past, and she believes she is beginning to understand.

Then another body is found and Lassair is filled with a dreadful suspicion. And who is responsible for the eerie, unearthly singing that she hears as night falls?


"A gripping, atmospheric mystery that will keep readers engaged throughout"


"Clare deftly evokes the tension between the Norman overlords and the Saxon natives of the fens as the former try to impose both Norman law and religion on the latter, who remain under the spell of the old religion. The murderer's identity will surprise most readers"

Publishers Weekly

"In her third series historical... set during the reign of William II (1055-1100), one of the genre's most underrated authors paints a haunting portrait of an unfamiliar time when old Saxon ways had to be hidden from Norman overlords."

Library Journal

"Clare's Aelf Fen series... offers a charming combination of the mysterious and mystical; the third volume continues in the same vein"

Kirkus Reviews

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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Music of the Distant Stars by Alys Clare is available in the following formats

Ebook97817801009681st April 2011N/A256$6.99
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