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By Michael Jecks

It really is 1321, and woman Elizabeth of Topsham, prioress of St. Mary's, is struggling with to hold her place within the face of devastating competition. She has been accused through Sister Margherita, St. Mary's treasurer, of giving much-needed cash to the hot vicar, a guy she usually sees on my own at evening. some of the nuns are confident that Margherita may make a greater prioress—especially now that it's convinced that Moll, a tender nun, used to be murdered in her ailing mattress. Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, with his outdated buddy Simon Puttock, are summoned to enquire. there is not any doubt that the threefold vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty are being damaged with alarming frequency. Then, while a moment nun is murdered, they locate themselves dealing with their so much tricky case but.

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Wat was far too interested in the manor’s ales for his own good. As a servant he had come to enjoy tasting all the barrels in the buttery, and from his appearance that morning, he had tried much of the strong ale the previous night. Jeanne had been sure he would spill Baldwin’s drink, but thankfully he didn’t. Blissfully unaware of his pale-faced servant, Baldwin stood at the side of the doorway, his pot steaming and filling the air with the good, wholesome scent of cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon, while he gazed proudly over his demesne.

As the steps faded, the pain began to stab at her. Looking down, she wondered what the thing before her was. Then she recognised it was her arm’s bone, red and bloody as a raw oxen’s rib, shoved through the flesh of her arm like a dagger through parchment. She managed to shriek just once before fainting. Chapter One From Moll’s perspective, being taken to the place where she would soon be murdered was merely an irritation. She knew she was well and didn’t feel the need for segregation in the infirmary, especially since it was impossible to get any sleep there, what with Joan snoring and Cecily moaning to herself on the bed beyond.

Only when her husband had taken the pot from the lad did Jeanne relax. Wat was far too interested in the manor’s ales for his own good. As a servant he had come to enjoy tasting all the barrels in the buttery, and from his appearance that morning, he had tried much of the strong ale the previous night. Jeanne had been sure he would spill Baldwin’s drink, but thankfully he didn’t. Blissfully unaware of his pale-faced servant, Baldwin stood at the side of the doorway, his pot steaming and filling the air with the good, wholesome scent of cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon, while he gazed proudly over his demesne.

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