The Knight’s Tale
by M.J. Trow
Introducing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer as a memorable new amateur sleuth in the first of an ingeniously-conceived medieval mystery series.
April, 1380. About to set off on his annual pilgrimage, Comptroller of the King’s Woollens and court poet Geoffrey Chaucer is forced to abandon his plans following an appeal for help from an old friend. The Duke of Clarence, Chaucer’s former guardian, has been found dead in his bed at his Suffolk castle, his bedroom door locked and bolted from the inside. The man who found him, Sir Richard Glanville, suspects foul play and has asked Chaucer to investigate.
On arrival at Clare Castle, Chaucer finds his childhood home rife with bitter rivalries, ill-advised love affairs and dangerous secrets. As he questions the castle’s inhabitants, it becomes clear that more than one member of the Duke’s household had reason to wish him ill. But who among them is a cold-hearted killer? It’s up to Chaucer, with his sharp wits and eye for detail, to root out the evil within.
Genre: Historical Crime & Mystery
“Trow brings medieval England fully to life through well-chosen period detail, but the novel’s main strength is its portrait of Chaucer … Readers will hope to see a lot more of him in his role as sleuth”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“With twists aplenty, ribald humor, intriguing and varied characters, and vivid descriptions, this suspenseful, playful, and funny mystery will appeal to a broad range of readers”
“A series kickoff that augurs well for more juicy Chaucer escapades”
“Stellar ... Trow reinforces his place at the top of the Elizabethan mystery subgenre”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Reckoning
“Subtle humor, colorful characters, and a shock ending are all on display in abundance”
Booklist on The Reckoning
“A gripping story packed with a palpable sense of danger, and a shocker of an ending, makes for absorbing reading”
Booklist on The Black Hills
“Twisty, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying”
Kirkus Reviews on Black Death
“Readers will find themselves intrigued by Trow's fine tale, which is full of ribald humor, high-spirited adventure, intriguing twists, and realistic period ambience”
Booklist on Black Death
The Knight’s Tale by M.J. Trow is available in the following formats
|Hardback||9781780291352||27th May 2021||145 X 225mm||224||£20.99|