Saturday, September 21, 2019

Murder at Whitby Abbey by Cassandra Clark

Hildegard is still doing penance for her misconduct, so the abbot sends her on a winter journey to the Whitby Abbey to buy a relic that will increase the amount of tourists they receive at their abbbey.  More tourists means more money for the abbey expenses.

Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.

When she examines the hair clipping from the saint, she thinks it's horse hair so she's not disappointed when another abbey gets it.  Then she finds a group ready to leave and they tell her they've won the bid and have the relic.  It seems if you pay enough anyone can have the relic...

Then there are two murders.  Hildegard and her monks are trying to find the guilty party.  The others in the abbey try to convince her it was unfortunate accidents but she knows better.  She's a nun but she has her share of trouble with the men at the abbey.  She's attacked by two of them in separate incidents.  Then she goes into a construction area with scaffolding just to think.  One of those men was hiding there and comes after her again.  She climbs a ladder to the scaffolding to try to reach safety.  He follows her with the intent to have his way with her and then kill her...

The ending is very exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The murderer was very devious and greedy.  You won't be bored with this one.

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