The Fool’s Folly by Keith Moray

‘I think that I shall write a poem about him.  I shall call it The Fools’ Folly.’

1485, Yorkshire, England. King Richard III has held the English throne for two years.  His hold on the throne is under threat from Henry Tudor, and the country is rife with speculation about the fate of the two princes in the Tower of London.  Following the deaths of both his son and then his wife, Richard III has named his nephew John de la Pole his heir.  John de La Pole, Earl of Lincoln, is to preside over a meeting of the Council of the North at Sandal Castle.  Sir Giles Beeston is the Earl’s Constable of the Castle and newly appointed judge to the Manor of Wakefield Court.

An unexpected death occurs in the Earl’s household, and Sir Giles and his assistant Will Holland investigate.  But this is only the first of several deaths.  Who is behind these deaths and why?  There is no shortage of suspects.

I really enjoyed this novel.  There’s plenty of intrigue, the main characters are well developed and there were a couple of unexpected twists.  Are the deaths connected?  Are these deaths part of a plot against the King?  Sir Giles himself is in danger as he seeks the truth. 

This is the second novel in Keith Moray’s Sandal Castle Medieval Thriller series. I’ve read and enjoyed them both and would recommend this series to anyone interested in crime in a medieval setting.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith