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He's been called “the Inspector Morse of 13th century Oxford,” this William
Falconer--and a good comparison, too. This is Morson's second book about Regent Mater
Falconer, and a good one it is too! It is 1264 and sleepy and academic Oxford is shocked
over the brutal murder of a young girl, and suspicions fly between the privileged students
and the poor townspeople. Falconer takes an active interest when one of his students is
almost lynched by a mob. Finding the murderer is not as simple as it seems, as there is
along list of suspects. Falconer must face a miasma of heresy, political intrigue,
magic, and, of course, lots of violence--all are truly poisonous!
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   middle ages What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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