In the early summer of 1379 in London, Sir John Cranston, Coroner of the city, is trapped into a wager with Signior Gian Galeazzo, Lord of Cremona, who challenges him to resolve a certain murder mystery within two weeks.
Men have been found dead in the scarlet chamber of one of Cremona's manors.
They have no mark upon them; they have neither drunk nor eaten poison; there are no secret passageways or entrances to the room. And they all have awful expressions of terror upon their faces.
Realising that his reputation and future wealth now rest upon the solving of this mystery, Cranston seeks the help of his faithful secretarius Brother Athelstan.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 11/03/1993
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747239543
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Review by TadAD
I lost track of this series after the second book. The first two I found were written under the pseudonym of Paul Harding, later volumes seem to have switched to his real name.I enjoy this series quite a bit, almost as much as Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series. These books have a similar feel, though they take place about two centuries later: Athelstan is a Dominican friar sentenced by his order to serve as the clerk for the Coroner of London after he broke his vows of obedience.The mysteries are fun and the characters colorful. If you like historical mysteries, give these a try, starting with <i>The Nightingale Gallery</i>.