The Wildcats of Exeter (Domesday, #8)
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The Wildcats of Exeter (Domesday #8)

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In the gathering dusk of the Devonshire countryside, Nicholas Picard is riding home when a snarling wildcat attacks him. Neighbors find his lacerated body in the woods, but when they discover the slit in his throat, it soon becomes clear that human hands are responsible for his demise.

Picard's death complicates an already difficult land dispute that Ralph Delchard and Gerv...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 1998)
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Volume VIII of the Domesday Books. The commission is joined by a new member, ex-soldier Hervey de Marigny. A murder precedes their arrival, of course, Nicholas Picard, a land owner whose property is already under dispute, is torn to pieces as if by a wild animal. Five claimants step forward to vie for his land: a dispossessed Saxon, Nicholas’ widow, an abbot, and two other women. Before the commission can untangle the stories, however, Hervey is killed in the same gruesome manner.

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I'm always happy when I get to take a jaunt with the Domesday Commissioners and this time we rode down to Exeter with Ralph Delchard, Gervase Bret on their steeds, Ralph's wife Golde on her palfrey, Canon Hubert tottering along on his donkey and Brother Simon meekly bringing up the rear in Edward Marston's mystery The Wildcats of Exeter.

As with many mystery series the Domesday Books do tend to get a little formulaic and this the eighth volume is no exception. We can count on there being a murde...more
This is the book I skipped somehow, and it's a little disconcerting to find that it hardly mattered.

Obviously, the commissioners have headed to Devon for this book, along with yet another additional head to help them sort things out. Of course, like Ensign Red-Shirt in the original Star Trek shows, this just means he's either going to end up dead or on the wrong team.

The 'case' they end up trying to solve surrounds a man killed as they arrive in Exeter. The dead man has land that is under their...more
Carole Moran
Another in the Domesday series of mystery novels, this is a hodgepodge of previous books in the series, lightly reworked to make it appear fresh. One gets the impression that the Domesday series was done as a demand from Marston's publisher to write "SOMEthing!" I much prefer his Elizabethan Theatre series for good writing, innovative plots, and memorable character development.
I found this series fascinating and I love the setting. What an imaginative way to present the writing of the Domesday Chronicles.
Historical mystery. A pleasant read. would like to pick up more of this series.
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A pseudonym used by Keith Miles
AKA A.E. Marston

Keith Miles (born 1940) is an English author, who writes under his own name and also historical fiction and mystery novels under the pseudonym Edward Marston. He is known for his mysteries set in the world of Elizabethan theate...more
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