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Dance of Death (Roger the Chapman #18)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A Roger the Chapman Mystery - Roger the Chapman is far from pleased when the King's Spymaster General commands him to accompany the manipulative Eloise Gray on a journey to Paris, pretending to be her husband. Roger guesses that the French king is making overtures to the Duke of Burgundy on behalf of the Dauphin - which could wreck the relationship with England's staunch a ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published 2009)
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Is it just me or is this series getting more misogynist as it goes along? I kind of thought that Ms Sedley was poking fun at medieval attitudes in earlier books but in this one it came across more like Roger was acting them out - sometimes violently. That may be true to the period, but it seems new for his character and makes the story less enjoyable for me as a modern reader. Otherwise this is a good entry, with a trip to Paris and plenty of fun grumbling.
Roger is once again recruited by the King's spymaster, Timothy Plummer, this time to pose as a merchant--a married merchant, whose 'wife' will accompany him to Paris to supposedly seek out new merchandise, but in reality to search for evidence that may end up casting doubt on the King's parentage, and thus his right--or the right of his heirs--to the throne. Even Roger's 'wife' is not given this information--her mission is a less important one dealing with a second cousin who is privy to informa ...more
Sandra Strange
I didn't like this one as well as the others because it's got too much spy stuff and not enough murder mystery. I also didn't like the (admittedly reluctant) adultery. It does give a lot of good historical background on the end of the War of the Roses just pre Richard III (while he isn't yet king).
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a book that moves along by dialogue. This one does, and it's one of a series, and I'm always happy to discover a new set of mystery characters whom I can revisit again and again.

Sedley's action doesn't move very fast, but neither do her characters. Roger the Chapman is a traveling salesman and sometimes spy in 1480s England Plumbing was primitive, clothing was interesting, and travel was slow and colorful. Sedley is good at local color. So I'm looking forward to re
A thorughly enjoyable novel in the Roger Cahpman series of detective stories. In this story Roger is sent on a mission by Timothy Plummer , Spymaster General to the king. Roger has a meeting with Prince Richard (later to be Kning Richard III) and ends up on a dangerous journey to Paris where he is to try and gain information that may be vital to the succession to the throne of England. As the tale unfolds Roger is beset by many obstacals and is put in grat danger. There are lots of surprises and ...more
Jul 06, 2010 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only people who have to read the whole series once they start
If it hadn't been after midnight and if Tom hadn't been asleep I might have thrown this book against the wall when I finished.

It seems that on page 230 the author realized that the publisher told her she could only write 235 pages and decided to just end it with barely any tying together of the loose ends and wrap up of all of the characters. HOW DISAPPOINTING after I put in the effort to read this book.

Up until page 230 I might have given this 3 stars.
Roger is sent to Paris to track down a rumor (or two). This is probably his crankiest book yet, and he has a right to be cranky. He has been pitchforked into a situation with betrayal on every side.
I have not kept up with this mystery series - the writer is extremely prolific - but having finished this one, I'm ready for another. A good read.
The latest in the Roger the Chapman series - medieval England, mysteries, authentic feeling atmosphere - I love the Roger the Chapman series.
Audiobook read by Robbie MacNab.
Roger the Chapman is sent to France by Richard of York and his spymaster Christopher Plummer
Enjoyed it, would have been 4* but the end seemed somewhat rushed.
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