"Insight into the fourteenth century"

In 1354, a group of investors led by Don Aranu Marca of Perpignan chartered a ship loaded with high quality goods to sell along various ports in the Mediterranean. Some of the investors wanted to sell arms to Aragon's enemies, but Don Marea refused so the conspirators arranged for it to look like he was committing treason. He was sent to jail and was all but convicted when his clever wife arranged his escape.

During the confusion that followed the escape Don Marca was badly injured and brought to physician Jacob Bonjuhes who lives in the Jewish section of town. Isaac, a physician of Girona, is also staying at Jacob's house to attend the wedding of Jacob's brother to a woman from the visitor's hometown. Isaac heals Don Marea and sets out to prove that the man is an innocent dupe, the victim of other men's greed.

Although Isaac is blind, his other senses are heightened which enables him to successfully perform as an amateur sleuth. He is a credible and likable character that is so skilled readers will forget for long periods of time that he is sightless because he doesn't let his lack of seeing stop from being an excellent healer, sleuth, husband and father. Caroline Roe has written an excellent historical mystery that gives readers insight into an era long gone but not forgotten due to works like this.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 15, 2002


Blind Jewish physician Isaac of Girona travels to northern Catalonia to heal an injured man. But the real cure requires uncovering the danger that surrounds him.

Isaac has been invited to Perpignan for two reasons: to attend a wedding of his friend Davi's son and to heal Arnau Marça, a Christian knight and patient of Davi's who was badly injured during an attack. But as Arnau struggles to identify his enemy, an innocent apprentice is murdered. Now, Isaac's uncanny ability to discern foul from fair, and Arnau's relentless will to survive, are their only armor against the possibility of more tragedy...


A Draught For A Dead Man
by Caroline Roe

Prime Crime
November 1, 2002
ISBN #0425186482
336 pages
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