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