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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Wildcats of Exeter by Edward Marston

Genre: Historical Mystery

Setting: Eleventh century England

The king's commissioners, Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret,  have been sent to Exeter to settle some land disputes.  Just before their arrival, the owner of several disputed properties, Nickolas Picard,  is savagely murdered.  Now there are five different claimants to Picard's property: his wife, his mistress, an elderly Saxon, a lady of the town, and the abbot of Tavistock.

It soon becomes apparent to Delchard and Bret that the murder is somehow connected to their investigations.  As they gather evidence, one of the king's commissioners is murdered in a similar manner to the first murder.  Delchard and Brent will not stop until the identity of the the killer is discovered.  They believe that if they find the murderer they will also find the true owner of the disputed lands.

Added to the importance of solving the murder is another pressing issue.  Gervase is due to be married at Winchester soon.  Will they solve the mystery and get Gervase to the church on time?

This novel is the eighth volume of Marston's Domesday Book series.  As usual, he has written a pleasant mystery with a great plot.  And, of course, some of the best dialog I have ever read!

The Wildcats of Exeter

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