Poisoned Pen Press, Dec 2003, 24.95, 248 pp.
In the civil war between King Henry III and Simon de Montfort, Eleanor of Wynethorpe's family sided with the king. Eleanor's brother is a close friend of Prince Edward and her mother is a dear friend of the queen. As a reward for loyal service to the crown, Eleanor is appointed prioress of Tyndale Priory. This political reward is resented by the sisters and monks who reside there. Not long after Eleanor steps foot on the priory Brother Rubert is murdered.
Brother Thomas, who is at the priory to find out why their financial solvency has dwindled, becomes involved in the murder inquiry. When he is attacked and left for dead, Eleanor believes the same person is responsible for the murder and the attack. Life turns more dangerous when someone tries to attack the prioress in her sleeping quarters. Using people she trusts, a trap is baited to catch a killer.
WINE OF VIOLENCE is a look at middle ages life in the year 1270 during the reign of King Henry III.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner