Tyrant of the Mind

Tyrant of the Mind

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A nun and a monk defy death and dishonor at her family's Welsh fortress...
In the winter of 1271, Death stalks the corridors of Wynethorpe Castle on the Welsh border. When the Grim Reaper touches the beloved grandson of the castle lord, Baron Adam sends for his daughter, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal, and her sub-infirmarian, Sister Anne, to save the child with prayers and healing talents. Escorting them to the remote fortress is Brother Thomas, an unwilling monk fighting his private demons.
Death may be denied once in his quest for souls but never twice. Soon after the trio arrives, an important guest is murdered. The prioress's brother, bloody dagger in hand, stands over the corpse. All others may believe in his guilt, but Eleanor is convinced her brother is innocent.
Outside her priory, in a world of armed men, Eleanor may have little authority, but she is determined to untangle the Gordian knot of thwarted passions and old resentments even if it means defying her father, a man with whom she longs to make peace. As passions rise with the winter wind and time runs short, Eleanor, Anne and Thomas struggle to find the real killer.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9781590581353
1590581350
Characteristics: 241 p. ;,22 cm.

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Feb 28, 2015

Apparently medieval nuns and monks had carte blanche to travel to their family homes, if they were needed. In this book, Eleanor, Prioress of Tyndal Abbey, takes Anne, the medical specialist from her abbey and Brother Thomas to her father's castle to help nurse her nephew back to health. During their stay, marriage negotiations are begun between their family and a neighboring one. It is obvious from the outset, that something is drastically wrong in the visiting family. Eleanor's brother, for whom the marriage is being arranged, is blamed when the brother of the prospective bride is killed. A servant of Eleanor's family is killed in an accident, their priest is almost killed, and the father of the prospective bride is attacked. It takes all the detective skills of Eleanor and Thomas to untangle the web of anger and retribution that has caused all this. It sounds gorey, but once again negotiation and psychology make this an intriguing puzzle rather than a blood and guts thriller.

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