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The Wandering Arm (Catherine LeVendeur #3)

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Heaven has a way of playing with mortals. When the mummified arm of St. Aldhelm is stolen from the Salisbury Cathedral in England, Catherine LeVendeur must find the lost reliquary to save those she loves -- and to do so, she must finally confront and come to terms with her family's Jewish heritage. The first Catherine Le Vendeur mystery to appear in trade paperback, The Wa ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 11th 2001 by Forge Books (first published 1995)
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Felicity
This installment brought us a lot more insight into the lives of French Jewry in the late 12th century (I think it's the first book where the dates that head each chapter are given in Gregorian and Jewish calendars.) The details of medieval life, work and industry are not only interesting, they're integral to the plot -- good plotting.

Newman continues to develop her main characters -- Solomon and Edgar, especially, get some new wrinkles in this volume. I continue to be impressed by Newman's abil
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Callista
Apr 25, 2009 Callista rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Callista by: Yvonne
I wanted to like this book. It paints a vivid picture of life in 12th century France and of the conflicts between the Jewish and Christian communities. Some of the characters have some charming interactions. But I didn't find the mystery particularly compelling, which left me to be distracted by frequent point of view shifts, authorial intrusion (several times pointing out things that the characters *didn't* notice!), and overly chatty or repetitive dialogue and character trains-of-thought.
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Diana Sandberg
Good reading. She heads straight into the religious attitudes of the era, not an easy thing to get across to a modern audience, I think. It’s hard to portray the depth of religious conviction, entirely supported by history and community, and make it convincing in characters modern people can identify with. This business of bringing a Really Different World into focus is the central idea of my own writing ambitions. I’m not certain Newman has actually pulled it off here, but I’m also uncertain as ...more
Rosalind Hoenig
Not as good as the previous instalments. Though I understand the times there was too much focus on religion instead of the mystery at hand. It was grindingly slow.
Charlotte
I definitely half bought this book at the used mystery bookstore for its bizarre title. Part mystery, part crazy porno. Not the book, though, which is about 12th century France, and a stolen reliquary. Interesting stuff about Christian/Jewish relations way back when. The author is a historian, and if I were a history buff of this period, a lot of this book would have made more sense to me. As it was, I kept having to re-read things to figure out what was going on. Maybe I should have read the fi ...more
Lady Knight
I have to admit that this series is a huge favorite of mine. I don't really care about the myseries themselves, but the characters have captured me heart and soul! I love the dynamics between Edgar and Catherine, I love Solomon, I love Eliazar and Johanna, I even love Hubert, Catherine's family and Edgar's clerical buddies.

The mysteries themselves may not be much to write home about, but the relationships between the characters and the carefully researched setting of 12th c. France will definit
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Dawn
I continue to enjoy this series. Catherine and Edgar are wonderful characters and 12th century France is a fascinating setting.
Catherine's love of her Jewish family endears her to me and this story features them even more prominently as Catherine and Edgar work to find a lost reliquary and solve a murder.
Elizabeth White
Am enjoying this series.
Skye Bryant
I can't get enough of this series. I love the story of the mixed Christian and Jewish family along with details about life as a Jew in the middle ages. Pair that with a good mystery to solve and a strong female character, and I am sold. So glad there are lots of books to come.
Shivanee (Novel Niche)
My first Catherine LeVendeur mystery, but absolutely not my last. Newman draws one in so convincingly that the streets are pungent with the smells of the market, the characters visible in their finery or cotton homespun. I didn't want the book to end, frankly.
Meredith Galman
A solid entry in the Catherine LeVendeur series, with effective detective work adding to the usual pleasures of authentic historical detail and description of Jewish life in 12th Century France.
Jennbarnes
This series is good, well written, complex plot, etc...But it's getting kind of boring. I'm ready to give up after the next one if it doesn't grab me.
Julie
This series manages to combine real-feeling history with solid mysteries and some of my favorite characters in all fiction. Simply a winner.
Martha Grace
My first Catherine Le Vendeur mystery -- the setting is intriguing, the characters interesting and I will read more.
Jessica
Mar 27, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History Lovers, Medieval mystery lovers
I absolutely loved this book!!!! The history, the characters, the scenarios!!!
My new favorite author!
Jonathan Moeller
A good historical mystery. I appreciate Newman's attention to historical detail.
Deanne
Good historical fiction. I appreciate her research into the 12th century.
Adelita
If you love historical fiction with a good mystery then you will love this.
Maureen
I enjoyed this one somewhat less than the fisrt Catherine LeVendeur mystery.
Marginalia2
I love the history behind the stories. Great fun.
Gary Raines
Third in the series and I"m liking her style
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Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

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Catherine LeVendeur (10 books)
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  • The Devil's Door (Catherine LeVendeur, #2)
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