Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, stripped of his rank and his honor - but left with his life - for plotting against Richard II. Having lost his bethrothed, his friends, his patrons and his position in society. With no trade to support him and no family willing to acknowledge him, Crispin has turned to the one thing he still has - his wits - to scrape a living together on the mean streets of London. Late summer, Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs over the land.
In the small priory of Tyndal, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to routine.
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Their hopes are dashed, however, when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress. Only a day after her arrival, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest-disgraced knight turned detective - begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing.
Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope.
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Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.
It is the autumn of The harvest is in. The air is crisp. Dusty summer breathes a last sigh before the dark seasons arrive. For Prioress Eleanor, dark times arrive early in Norfolk. The head of her order, Abbess Isabeau, has sent Father Etienne Davoir from their headquarters in France to inspect all aspects of Tyndal Priory, from its morals to its roofs. Surely the abbess would not have chosen her own brother for this rare and thorough investigation unless the cause was serious and she had reason to fear intervention from Rome.
King Edward IV trembles as he decides the fate of his sibling. And Richard, Duke of Gloucester, tries to find a way to save George from being put to death by their eldest brother, the King.
So when the Duke sees his loyal servant Roger the Chapman at his trial, he recognises that he has a chance. If only the chapman-sleuth could prove that Isolda Bonifant, the daughter of a well-established London goldsmith, hadn't poisoned her husband. If he could clear Isolda's name, then Edward's chief mistress - cousin of the accused Isolda - would be willing to do the wily Duke's bidding.
But Roger the Chapman must act fast and, in this complex case, he can't simply rely on his intuition. If you enjoy Roger you will like this book. The plot is good and as always the characters are well drawn.
The story doesn't stay with you but while you are listening it is a lovely ride. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves medievil stories!
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What other book might you compare The Goldsmith's Daughter to and why? Peter Wickham brings the charactors to life for me. If only the chapman-sleuth could prove that the kinswoman of the King's favorite leman hadn't poisoned her taciturn husband.
If Isolda Bonifant, the daughter of a well-established London goldsmith, were innocent and her name cleared, then Edward's chief mistress -- cousin of the accused Isolda -- would be more than willing to do the wily Duke's bidding. But Roger the Chapman must act fast and, in a complex case like this one and with the pressure of Richard of Gloucester upon him, he can't simply rely on his intuition.
There are two reasons for 15th-century English peddler Roger the Chapman to visit bustling, rat-infested London. First, to let his second wife Adela, in the early stages of pregnancy, see the city and I'm what somebody called an "anthropological mystery" fan. I am happiest reading mysteries that transport me to another place or time in a convincing fashion, and offers me characters that I enjoy