The Franklin’s Felony (Sandal Castle Medieval Thrillers Book 3) by Keith Moray

‘So much bloodshed this poor country has had these last few years.’

1324, Kilkenny, Ireland. On 3 November 1324, Petronella of Meath is burned at the stake as a witch.  Her former mistress Alice Kyteler and her companion, Robin Artisson, have disappeared. As she dies, Petronella sees a face.

‘May you be the hand that will avenge me, was one of her final thoughts.’

1327, Yorkshire, England.

Edward II has been deposed. His young son, Edward III is now king, guided by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover, Roger Mortimer. The country is divided about this.

Sir Richard Lee, Circuit Judge of the King’s Northern Realm, has a lot on his mind. His wife, Wilhelmina is pregnant, his mother-in-law, the Lady Alicia, has recently died and his father-in-law, Sir Thomas is unwell. Sir Richard is troubled about a recent court case: was he too harsh in sentencing a man to hang? Was there more to the case? Sir Richard calls an Irish physician, Dr Brandon Flynn to treat his father-in-law.

Then, amidst rumours of witchcraft, a series of sudden deaths occur. Sir Richard is convinced that there is more to each case, and he and his assistant Hubert of Loxley investigate. They’ll need to uncover more than a few secrets before they discover the truth.

This is the third book in Mr Moray’s excellent Sandal Castle Medieval Thriller series and is just as absorbing as the others. The descriptions of medieval medical treatments, the places and the people bring the story to life. Sir Richard is starting to feel like an old friend. A very old friend.  If you enjoy medieval mystery, then I recommend this series.

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

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