Monday, 29 March 2010

Review:- Paul DOHERTY – “The Poison Maiden”

Year Published: - 2007
Where the book was from:- Pensby Library
ISBN: - 9780755328789
Pages: - 294pp
Genre: - Historical mystery
Location:- Westminster, 1308
How I came across it: - Serendipity
Rating: - ***** **
One sentence summary:- Another Mathilde of Westminster mystery involving Edward !! and his wife Isabella.

Describe the plot without giving anything away:-
It's 1308 and England hovers on the brink of civil war. Edward II, his wife Isabella and the royal favourite Peter Gaveston Earl of Cornwall, have been forced to retreat to the King's folly. Just an arrowshot away lie the Great Lords and Philip IV of France, who are demanding that the Earl of Cornwall be charged with high treason. Edward is trapped, and worse, he has learnt that Philip has the 'Poison Maiden' on his side, a formidable spy who did untold damage during his father's reign. As Edward tries in vain to unmask the identity of the spy, Mathilde, handmaiden to the Queen, also attempts to identify the source of this threat.

AUTHOR Notes:- see Paul Doherty

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