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The Weaver's Tale Book Review Summary

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Roger the Chapman is a peddler (or "chapman") in 15th century England and author Kate Sedley gives him almost a 20th century mind in this third tale of the series! On his wanderings, Roger falls gravely ill and two strangers nurse him back to health. Of course, he is later wiling to help them in any way and, surprisingly, they seek his assistance. They tell him that a man has been murdered previously and the man's younger brother was hanged for it. However, some time after the execution, the "victim" turns up, alive and well. The townspeople have hanged an innocent man! Except: soon after he returns he is found, this time, really murdered. It is Roger's responsibility to identify the murderer. And he does so in typical Sedley fashion. Sedley's series is set in 15th century England and the author's historical research seems quite accurate as she "weaves" her own ficitonal threads with those of historical fact.   
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   middle ages What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% 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:    -   trader Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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