Starred review from Publishers Weekly:
The plight of English Jewry under Edward I propels Royal’s ninth medieval mystery (after 2011’s Killing Season), the best yet in a consistently strong series. As the author explains in an afterword, the king promulgated a series of anti-Semitic proclamations once the Jewish community no longer served Edward’s “financial requirements.” As of October 1275, in a move anticipating the Nazis, Jews were required to wear yellow badges. Against this backdrop, the death of Kenelm, a man hired to help protect some traveling Jews, one of whom, Jacob ben Asser, had argued with him, leads to suspicions that the Jews are responsible. But the local coroner, Crowner Ralf, believes the solution to Kenelm’s murder is less straightforward, since the order of, and reason for, the victim’s fatal injuries aren’t clear-cut. Period details fit unobtrusively with the action, and the pacing makes this a one- or two-sitting read at most.
Priscilla has a degree in world literature from San Francisco State University, where she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. She is a theater fan as well as reader of history, mysteries, and fiction of lesser violence. She lives in Northern California and belongs to the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime.
Priscilla grew up in British Columbia and until 2000, she worked for the Federal government in a variety of positions, all of which provided a wonderful education in the complexity of human experience and motivation. Visit her online at priscillaroyal.com