ASHES OF THE ELEMENTS by Alys Clare
New English Library (Hodder & Stoughton) - 2000
ISBN 0340739347 - Paperback
This is the second of
the Hawkenlye mysteries featuring Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d'Acquin
(the first was Fortune Like the Moon). It is 1191 and
If you are a fan of Brother Cadfael and Sister Frevisse then you will surely enjoy this latest foray into monastic murders. Clare has a nice light touch with the facts of mediaeval life that rings true but does not swamp the story. I felt that this tale could stand some editing in the middle but otherwise the atmosphere is there, the characters interesting (but could do with a little more fleshing out in places) and the story teasing enough without being as baffling as it might have been given a bit more plotting on the author's part. A good, entertaining read without being outstanding.
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