A devilish miasma of murder and heresy lurks in the winter streets of medieval London – someone is slaying women of the night. For Seb Foxley and his brother, Jude, evil and the threat of death come close to home when Gabriel, their well-liked journeyman, is arrested as a heretic and condemned to be burned at the stake.
Amid a tangle of betrayal and deception, Seb tries to uncover the murderer before more women die – will he also defy the church and devise a plan to save Gabriel?
These are dangerous times for the young artist and those he holds dear. Treachery is everywhere, even at his own fireside
It was my absolute pleasure to receive an advance reader copy of Toni Mount’s third Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery. After reading “The Colour of Poison” I was absolutely hooked on the story of Sebastian Foxley and I must admit, developed a little bit of a crush on the young artist.
From the moment I picked this book up, and I know it sounds horribly cliched, I couldn’t put it down. Mount’s writing style, the twists and turns in the plot, make this novel a real page turner. The descriptions of Medieval London, the stinking back alleys and the sight of beggars who had fought for the King only to end up destitute, really make you imagine that you are there with the characters. Within this tale we see characters who have been prominent in the last books – the Foxley brothers, of course, Jack Tabor and his dog Beggar, Tom, Emily and a myriad of others; all of which are characterised perfectly. I have to admit that I found myself seriously disliking certain characters who, previously, I had loved. Without spoiling the story, all I will say is that there were points when I really hoped Sebastian would kick Emily out of his house! Other characters I grew to love even more, particularly little Jack Tabor with his constant questions on what certain words meant and his mischievous personality.
The tale itself is one of mystery, murder and heresy. With murders of young prostitutes, Seb Foxley must unravel that mystery whilst dealing with the threat of heresy in his own home and treachery from his own family. I was particularly impressed with how Mount mixed historical fact in with her tale – it was incredibly well researched which is a given for Mount. She is an incredibly knowledgeable historian and you can really tell when reading her work.
Normally, with historical fiction, I’m wary. But this novel is absolutely fantastic and one I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone. Here’s to more adventures starring the Foxley brothers!