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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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 6th 1999 by Headline (first published 1998)
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Apr 29, 2013 Booknblues rated it really liked it
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
Historical mystery. A pleasant read. would like to pick up more of this series.
Nov 14, 2008 ghostlibrarian rated it really liked it
I found this series fascinating and I love the setting. What an imaginative way to present the writing of the Domesday Chronicles.
Feb 16, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jun 23, 2013 Cat. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, history
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
Devon Gadberry
Jul 26, 2015 Devon Gadberry rated it liked it
I enjoyed the simple mystery of the story mixed with the forgotten history of the time. Set in the 1000s, as William the Conquerer establishes his rule over the Saxons, The Wildcats of Exeter is a quick read with moments of suspense, hilarity and history.
(PS: I chose to purchase this book solely because it takes place in the county of Devon. XD)
Carole Moran
Jul 30, 2013 Carole Moran rated it liked it
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.
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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 theatr
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