The Service of the Dead

The Service of the Dead

Book - 2016 | First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
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Political unrest permeates York at the cusp of the fifteenth century, as warring factions take sides on who should be the rightful king--Richard II or his estranged, powerful cousin in exile, Henry Bolingbroke. Independent minded twenty-year-old Kate Clifford is struggling to dig out from beneath the debt left by her late husband. Determined to find a way to be secure in her own wealth and establish her independence in a male dominated society, Kate turns one of her properties near the minster into a guest house and sets up a business. In a dance of power, she also quietly rents the discreet bedchambers to the wealthy, powerful merchants of York for nights with their mistresses.But the brutal murder of a mysterious guest and the disappearance of his companion for the evening threatens all that Kate has built. Before others in town hear word of a looming scandal, she must call upon all of her hard-won survival skills to save herself from ruin.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781681771274
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: xiv, 235 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeSheena Sep 05, 2017

A new series by the creator of the Owen Archer books. Kate Clifford lives in York trying to keep her household afloat after being left buried in her dead husband's debts. The last thing she needs is a murder threatening everything she has accomplished. The series takes place as England is on the brink of civil war and is rich with history. Intriguing characters drive a story awash in historical political machinations.

Jul 27, 2016

A Medieval mystery with the eventual wife to be of Owen Archer from the series of the same name. Good story with great historical details.


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