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Ordeal by Fire (Bradecote & Catchpoll 2) - Sarah Hawkswood

Ordeal by Fire (Bradecote & Catchpoll 2) - Sarah Hawkswood

Title: Ordeal by Fire

Author:  Sarah Hawkswood

ISBN:  9780749020873

Weight:  655 g

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Ordeal by Fire by Sarah Hawkswood

September 1143.  Serjeant Catchpoll hopes a fire at a Worcester silversmith’s is just an accident, but when there is a second fire, and a charred corpse is discovered, he has no choice but to call in the undersheriff, Hugh Bradecote, to help find the culprit.  Bradecote may be new to the job compared to his weather-beaten, wily and experienced colleague, but his analytical eye is soon hard at work.

With further fires, a hooded figure stalking the streets, and a possible murder that has gone undiscovered for some months, the duo must avoid getting more than their fingers burnt as they piece together the arsonist’s vengeful motive.

Fans of historical crime fiction are sure to enjoy this cunningly wrought mystery, particularly fans of Ellis Peters’ Cadfael books and Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of Death series.

Peer & Press Reviews

… possibly the most easy to read historical mystery of the year.  Whether it’s action, reflection, deep personal feelings, description or even repeated gossip, her elegant and carefully chosen prose keep you glued to the page.  She creates a medieval world of her own – and drags the reader deeply into it…  This is as much a tale of personalities, relationships and ambitions as it is of murder and Hawkswood’s ability to bring even her most minor characters to vivid and realistic life gives it a must-read quality.  It will be interesting to see how these characters develop through the series.

Crime Review

If you like Ellis Peter’s excellent Cadfael books, you’re sure to enjoy this.  The research and writing is first class, but what I feel truly gives it an edge is the dynamic between Bradecote and Catchpoll, readers will really take to them.

Destructive Music

The author’s detailed research is obvious without ever overwhelming the narrative, and the details of everyday life in medieval Worcester provide fascinating background and the hint of many future outings for the duo.

Historical Novel Society

Bibliographic Info

Title:Ordeal by Fire
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Series:Bradecote & Catchpoll Mysteries – book 2
Overall condition:Very fine / Very fine
Signed:On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Allison & Busby
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9780749020873
ISBN 10:0749020873
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):224 x 144 x 28mm
Design Credits
Jacket design:Christina Griffiths
Jacket image:stereohype / iStock

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