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Alys Clare

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Books by Alys Clare
The Chatter of the Maidens (2003)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 1
The serenity of Hawkenlye Abbey has been disturbed by the arrival of a new nun and her two young sisters. Recently orphaned, Alba has left her convent in Ely to take her grieving sisters from the scene of their sorrow. Abbess Helewise is not convinced of her selflessness—Sister Alba is a mean-spi...
Heart of Ice (2007)
3.94 of 5 Votes: 4
First Sentence: In the port of Boulogne, the enemy lay hidden.A sick man travels to take the healing waters of Hawkenlye Abby but is murdered and thrown into the pond which turns to ice. When the monks discovered his body, it is also discovered he carried apothecary herbs. While Sir Josse d’Acqui...
Girl in a Red Tunic (2006)
3.87 of 5 Votes: 5
First Sentence: He had to wait until it was dark and everyone was asleep.Abbess Helewise has been thinking about her life prior to joining the Abbey. She is surprised, yet concerned, when her son Loefgar, shows up with his wife, who looks pale and ill, and their 14-month son, who is unnaturally...
A Dark Night Hidden (2004)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 1
Josse D’Acquin and the Abbess Helewise are appalled by the fanatical new priest, Father Micah, but are even more horrified when his body turns up by the side of the road. And when it appears that a band of evangelical heretics, whom Micah condemned to the stake, might be behind his death, the Abb...
The Tavern in the Morning (2003)
3.88 of 5 Votes: 5
A man from London has taken over the tavern on the main London to Hastings highway to the south of Tonbridge. He is not what he appears, and his arrival ushers in a sequence of apparently unrelated but disturbing events, whose escalating violence culminates in murder.
Fortune Like the Moon (2001)
3.78 of 5 Votes: 1
IN A SACRED PLACE, UNHOLY PASSIONS LEAD TO MURDER.... Sunlight shone on the dark crimson blood, making it shine like a jewel....thus the body of Gunnora, a young nun from Hawkenlye Abbey, is found with her throat cut. Felons have been released from English prisons at the command of the new king,...
Ashes of the Elements (2002)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 4
In this, Book II of the Hawkenlye Trilogy, the Abbess Helewise takes on another strange case with her French partner, Josse d'Acquin. A lumberjack in the Wealken forest has been found dead. The locals would have it that the mythical Forest People are to blame for his violent end. But when the Abb...
The Faithful Dead (2003)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 3
An elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. It is nothing suspicious, for he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile, Josse d’Acquin has a visit from Prince John, seeking news of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius. Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the help of Abbess Helewise, Josse finds she ...
Whiter Than the Lily (2005)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 5
The young, beautiful Galena and her husband, the much older Ambrose are trying for a child but to no avail. When Josse d'Acquin tells her of the healing waters of Hawkenlye, she is overjoyed and sets off with her escort. But she arrives alone, and a few days after her husband joins her she dies i...
The Enchanter's Forest (2008)
3.88 of 5 Votes: 3
It is midsummer 1195. An impoverished man claims to have discovered Merlin’s tomb and builds a hostel for pilgrims while spreading the word that his find is a place of miracles. This blasphemous intrusion is deeply resented both by the community at Hawkenlye Abbey and the pagan people of the fore...
Land of the Silver Dragon (2013)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 4
It was approaching the middle of the day, and I imagined they all had tasks to do. Last to go was Einar. He turned to look back at me before he left, and I thought he was about to speak. Almost imperceptibly, Thorfinn shook his head. Einar spun on his heel and strode away. Thorfinn looked down at...
The Song of the Nightingale
4.55 of 5 Votes: 4
Yesterday he had scoured the forest closest to Hawkenlye Abbey, going back in his memories and seeking out all the places where he had ever known somebody to hide. He had wondered briefly about going to check in the area immediately around Joanna’s hut, probably the best hiding place of all, sinc...
Music of the Distant Stars
3.5 of 5 Votes: 5
In her eyes I read compassion, and she waited for me to say what I’m sure both of us were thinking. ‘But we can’t!’ I whispered urgently. ‘If Zarina did this, he’ll take her off to be penned up in some horrible cell and she’ll be tried and they’ll hang her, and Haward really loves her, it’ll brea...
The Rose of the World (2011)
4.4 of 5 Votes: 2
They were in there, the voices, inside his skull. They ordered him to do things, and when he got it wrong, they grew angry. Lying in the darkness, he gave a low moan, quickly suppressing it. The others had mocked and laughed at him quite enough for one day, and he would not give them the satisfac...
The Way Between the Worlds
4.7 of 5 Votes: 5
It was only when I was fully awake that I realized I hadn’t dreamed. Or, if I had, I’d forgotten. Perhaps the spirit who was trying so hard to attract my attention appreciated that I was already doing my best. My mother looked up from her bread-making and gave me a loving smile. ‘It’s good to see...
The Winter King
3.5 of 5 Votes: 2
When, inexorably, they would collide and combine, the outlook was stormy. It was a time of frightening portents. In the royal hunting preserve of Cannock Forest, a herd of deer had been discovered with a terrible disorder of the bowels. The wildest of the rumours claimed the deer had fled halfway...
The Paths of the Air (2012)
4.9 of 5 Votes: 4
She had been preoccupied with all that had been happening and her regular duties had suffered. She worked swiftly through the many fat ledgers for several hours, breaking off only for the office. By the time she set off to the church for vespers – with the exception of compline, with its satisfyi...
Mist Over the Water
3.65 of 5 Votes: 3
One or two boats were still setting off across the water but it was clear that ferrying operations were winding down. We passed one of the barges, half of its cargo of stone already unloaded. A gang of men were quitting work for the day, laughing and calling out to each other as they set off for ...
Out of the Dawn Light
4.6 of 5 Votes: 2
He was a smallish man with sparse gingery hair and pale skin flecked with scaly patches. He claimed to be a merchant, although his general appearance gave the impression that if indeed he was, then he was not a very successful one. In the company of a sway-backed mule laden with shabby goods that...
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