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Priscilla Royal grew up in British Columbia, received a degree in World Literature from San Francisco State University, and lives in Northern California. She is a member of California Writers Club, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her medieval mysteries, set in late thirteenth century England, include: Wine of Violence, Tyrant of the Mind, Sorrow Without End, Justice for the Damned, Forsaken Soul, Chambers of Death, and the latest, Valley of Dry Bones.

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Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal needs all her intelligence to quell the sacred and profane troubles that arise in Royal's rewarding seventh medieval mystery (after 2009's Chambers of Death). Complications begin when a party of courtiers arrives at the priory to scout stopping places for an upcoming pilgrimage by the queen. A worldly priest, a baron hoping to trade land for salvation, and a sinister manservant, among others, add their own conflicts to tensions already simmering at the priory. When the baron is found murdered, suspicion spreads from his fellow travelers to Tyndal's inhabitants and friends. While the initial introduction of characters and backstory drags, Royal brings her usual clarity, insight, and power to the rest of the novel. Accurate both to its 13th-century period and to the unchanging nature of the human soul, this series deserves both its loyal followers and its new fans. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

In the summer of 1274, Tyndal Priory is a proposed stop for King Edward's queen as she makes a pilgrimage through England. Her emissaries arrive to make sure Tyndal has suitable accommodations, but it is not long before one of them, Baron Otes, is murdered. There are many at the priory who have reason to want him harmed. -VERDICT Royal gets better with each book. Her seventh series title (after Chambers of Death) has Prioress Eleanor honing her skills and her knowledge of political maneuvering. This is a series not to be missed by readers who yearn for one more medieval mysteries from Ellis Peters. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail." -Publishers Weekly on Chambers of Death STARRED REVIEW "Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that 21st-century readers will recognize as their own. " -Publishers Weekly on Forsaken Soul STARRED REVIEW "The author subtly treats the erotic charge surrounding Eleanor and Thomas while shedding light on 13th-century understandings of sexuality. Royal draws together the murder, the manuscript and the ghost in an unexpected conclusion." -Publishers Weekly on Justice for the Damned Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail. "Publishers Weekly" on "Chambers of Death" "" STARRED REVIEW Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that 21st-century readers will recognize as their own. "Publishers Weekly" on "Forsaken Soul" STARRED REVIEW The author subtly treats the erotic charge surrounding Eleanor and Thomas while shedding light on 13th-century understandings of sexuality. Royal draws together the murder, the manuscript and the ghost in an unexpected conclusion. "Publishers Weekly" on "Justice for the Damned" " "Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail." -"Publishers Weekly" on "Chambers of Death"" "STARRED REVIEW"Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that 21st-century readers will recognize as their own. " -"Publishers Weekly" on "Forsaken Soul" STARRED REVIEW"The author subtly treats the erotic charge surrounding Eleanor and Thomas while shedding light on 13th-century understandings of sexuality. Royal draws together the murder, the manuscript and the ghost in an unexpected conclusion." -"Publishers Weekly" on "Justice for the Damned" "Once again, Royal combines a well-executed plot with authentic period detail." -"Publishers Weekly" on "Chambers of Death" " " STARRED REVIEW "Against an authentic backdrop of medieval life and lore, Royal once again brings alive characters who are true to their period yet exhibit emotions and feelings that 21st-century readers will recognize as their own. " -"Publishers Weekly" on "Forsaken Soul" STARRED REVIEW "The author subtly treats the erotic charge surrounding Eleanor and Thomas while shedding light on 13th-century understandings of sexuality. Royal draws together the murder, the manuscript and the ghost in an unexpected conclusion." -"Publishers Weekly" on "Justice for the Damned"

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