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Medieval sleuth Hugh Corbett is dispatched to the town of Melford by his king,Edward I, to solve some bizarre killings. Corbett is the Keeper of the King's seal and his companions are Ranulf-atte-Newgate and a groom called Chanson. Five years earlier a local Knight was hanged for the murders of several women. Now the killing has begun again. Two more girls of the town have been garrotted.
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Was Sir Roger Chapelys innocent, despite overwhelming evidence and witnesses? One man stood up in court and defended Chapelys, a poacher whom the jury chose not to believe. This man disappeared shortly after the execution and his widow believes he was murdered. There are other brutal killings in the town; the miller, who was foreman of the jury, is decapitated and another jury member beaten to death in his own barn.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   clerk Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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