"Great historical mystery-very realistic"
While on a hunt with his hounds, local constable Henry
Beaumont finds the crushed corpse of Martin Reynard.
Outraged that the homicide occurred on his lands and to a
former employee of his, Henry investigates the crime.
Having no experience on murder cases, Henry ignores motive
and opportunity to decide that only the blacksmith had the
means i.e., the strength to perform this odious act. Henry
places the big man in the dungeon.
William the Conqueror's Domesday commissioners Ralph
Delchard and Gervase Bret head an entourage handling a
local land dispute. When the King's team learn of Henry's
rush to judgment, they feel the constable did not do an
adequate investigation. They begin their own inquiries
into what really happened to Martin.
THE FOXES OF WARWICK is a superb eleventh century
mystery that brings the era to life as rarely seen in a
novel though the period graces myriad of books. The story
line is insightful, vividly descriptive, and contains a
fabulous who-done-it with a rational twist of an ending.
The characters are warm and feel real, making the age seem
even more colorful for the audience. The Domesday series
is one of the best medieval mystery collections on the
market and author Edward Marston has written a tale worthy
of award consideration.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 17, 2002