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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Satan's Lullaby by Priscilla Royal

 I've been reading Priscilla Royal's Medieval Mysteries for about a year now.  Below are the eleven books in order:  

Wine of Violence
Tyrant of the Mind
Sorrow without End
Justice for the Damned
Forsaken Soul
Chambers of Death
Valley of Dry Bones
A Killing Season
The Sanctity of Hate
Covenant with Hell
Satan's Lullaby 

I've read seven now, including her latest, Satan's Lullaby.  It was a surprise to find Satan's Lullaby offered by NetGalley; previously, I've either purchased the ebooks or checked out library copies.

It goes without saying that I have enjoyed the series, so I was excited to get the latest one for free, but I do need to catch up on the ones I've missed.

Plot:  Tyndale Priory is a double house (more information about this is included in my review of Wine of Violence).   The Prioress Eleanor Wynethrop is informed that the Abbess Isabeau  has sent her arrogant brother Father Etienne Davoir to inspect the priory "from its morals to its roofs."  Eleanor knows there is a reason for this inspection to be carried out by someone as eminent as the Abbess' brother, but she is unable to discover what that reason may be.  Then Father Davoir's favorite secretary is murdered....

If you enjoy historical mysteries, you may enjoy this series which gives a great deal of insight into the life of the religious during the tumultuous 13th century.  Royal does an excellent job with characters and historical information.

Read in November.  Blog post scheduled for Jan. 22, 2015.

NetGalley/Poisoned Pen Press.
Medieval Mystery.  Feb. 3, 2015.            


  1. This series has been on my list to try for awhile now. This one sounds like a strong addition.

    1. Do start with Wine of Violence if you can. Author notes concerning the rulers and political situation and about religious houses. Aside from characters and plot, the history was interesting to me--especially since I was reading other medieval mysteries at the time, and things tied together.

  2. This sounds good. I'm glad you're enjoying these books so much -- it's wonderful to delve into a terrific series.

    1. :) Some of the books have been better than others, but I do like the series and hope to eventually get to the ones I've missed.