Genre: Historical Mystery
The year is 1193. King Richard the Lionheart has been captured while returning from the crusades by the Emperor of Germany. His Mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, struggles to amass Richard's ransom. In Wales, a large ransom payment disappears. Eleanor dispatches her man, Justin de Quincy to investigate.
In Wales, Justin becomes immersed in the political intrigues of the Welsh court. As he slowly uncovers the clues to solve the mystery, he also discovers treachery that even includes Richard's deceitful brother, Prince John.
The author, Sharon Kay Penman, is a prolific author of historical novels of England and Wales. This novel is the third in her "Queen's Man Mysteries" series. I enjoyed her writing style which made this novel a nice easy read.