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Rose of the World (Hawkenlye Mysteries #13)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The new novel in the ever-popular 'Hawkenlye' series - Autumn, 1210. A year ago, King John was excommunicated - and now his men have come to Hawkenlye Abbey to take it over. Abbess Caliste, Helewise's successor, worries how she is to feed the nuns under her care, let alone conduct her usual good works. Meanwhile, Helewise has moved into Hawkenlye Manor with Josse, and thei ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published July 1st 2011)
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Another Hawkenlye medieval mystery; the whole series doesn't feel to me like the "usual" mystery, there is a dollop of fantasy thrown in. Helewise's granddaughter is abducted. How does this fit in with a murdered man discovered by Helewise, who is no longer Abbess of Hawkenlye Abbey? Ninian is accused of the murder and flees the country across the Channel to France; Sir Josse must prove his innocence before he can return home. I have to get used to this format--the extended community living in S ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Phair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My second foray into this series. Perhaps 2.5 stars. Very hard to figure out all the relationships & history of the many characters in this 13th entry not having read any of the previous except #3 and that a long while ago. I would very much have liked a character list and a map would have improved the reading experience as well. Also felt let down by the ending which was undoubtedly a preview of the next volume and was anticlimactic to the mystery in hand. Good feeling of the period but har ...more
The year is 1210 A.D. and John is the king of England. It is a time of social upheaval as the king plays a game of wits with the Catholic Pope which results in his excommunication. In retaliation, he strips the religious houses of their wealth and locks the doors of their churches. Now nuns, priests and monks are slowly starving and the common people no longer have the solace of their faith to support them in their hard lives.

Helewise, the former Abbess of Hawkenlye Abbey, has stepped down from
Anne Bannon
Jul 10, 2013 Anne Bannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my seriously fave series - even among all my fave Medieval nun series (Fidelma, Priscilla Royal's series, etc.). While I thought The Joys of My Life was a worthy ending to the series, I am so glad Ms. Clare decided to continue it after all.

In the ongoing adventures of Helewise and Joss, King John has ascended the throne and is behaving the jerk he was. But the real problem is a body and Helewise's granddaughter, who is kidnapped. It's not got the traditional murder mystery structu
I have been a big fan of the Hawkenlye books for quite a while now, and was pleasantly surprised to see another title when I had thought Clare was finished with the series.
While it wasn't one of the best in the series it was lovely to revisit the characters I have grown to love and care about.
Hoping there may be another title to come.
A nice easy going read... Enjoyable without being taxing, which is exactly what I need sometimes.
Ma'lis Wendt
The Hawkenlye mysteries have now moved ten years into the future with Josse and his extended family living in the House in the Woods (Hawkenlye Manor) including the former Abbess Helewise. King John is collecting more unbearable taxes and then Helewise's granddaughter Rosamund disappears. There isn't as much action in this story and some if felt rather forced. but I always enjoy these medieval mysteries.
Nov 26, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best of the first 13 Hawkenlye Mysteries! There were several unexpected twists and I couldn't put it down.
This was an okay novel although I found it slow at the beginning and the characters were confusing. On the whole it was easy to read and the author left the major plot solved although the minor plot was left open perhaps for the next book.
Oct 09, 2011 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I needed to read the four books that came before it in the series to fully understand
what was going on. However, it was well written and kept my interest through out the whole
Took awhile to get into and ended on a to-be-continued note. I liked the Hawkenlye series better before the supernatural element became so strong, but it was ok.
Never made it past page 36 despite several tries. If this is a sample of the other Hawkenlye mysteries, I don't understand how they were even published.
Oct 21, 2011 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So convoluted, so plodding, no chemistry between characters... Makes me wonder if the same person who wrote the earlier books really wrote this one.
Abbess Caliste has succeeded Helewise.
Helewise blended family--Hawkenlye Manor.
child abduction.
France. politics.
Nov 05, 2011 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe would have been better if I would have read some of the others in the series first.
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Aug 24, 2012 Janet Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different series but just as good. A gripping read.
Andrea Beaudin
slow moving but acceptable new-agey mystery.
May 15, 2012 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alys Clare is the pen name used by Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.

Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name. Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a re
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Hawkenlye Mysteries (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • The Tavern in the Morning (Hawkenlye Mysteries, #3)
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