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The Faithful Dead (Hawkenlye Mysteries #5)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  9 reviews
An elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. It is nothing suspicious, for he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile, Josse d’Acquin has a visit from Prince John, seekingnews of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius. Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the help of Abbess Helewise, Josse finds she has a problem of her own—a decomposing body has been discovered, naked and kill ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2002)
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Maybe 3.5 stars, as in I really liked some parts. I'm not sure what to say about this installment in the Hawkenlye series featuring Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d'Acquin; it wasn't the traditional mystery set in the environs of Hawkenlye Abbey we've come to expect. Well, the decomposed body of a murdered man is found hidden in the bracken along the road near the Abbey and the Abbess enlists Josse's help to identify the victim, but a large chunk of the book is taken up with Josse's family histor ...more
THE FAITHFUL DEAD (Hist. Mys-Sir Josse D’Acquin-England-1192) – VG+
Clare, Alys – 5th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2002, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0340793295

First Sentence: Josse d’Acquin stood with his manservant, Will, looking gloomily out over the meadow which, last night, had contained the household cow and her calf.

Two travelers come to the healing waters of the Vale at Hawkenlye Abby; an old man and his young servant. The old man dies and the young man disappears.

Several months later, skele
Venetia Green
A very readable medieval murder mystery with some interesting characters. However the writing (especially in the central section, in which the hero's father's adventures during the Second Crusade are recounted) tends towards 'telling'. The relationships between and emotions of the major characters are just too warm-and-fuzzy to seem true. Finally, the plot hinges upon magic, a millenia-old mission and even, it is hinted, an immortal sorcerer. I'm afraid that, probable medieval belief in such thi ...more
Ann Mcelligott
A fine medieval historical mystery series is set in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her sons Richard and John. It is an unsettled time in English history, and Hawkenlye Abbey under the direction of Abbess Helewise and her friend Josse d'Aquin are caught in the politics of the time. A fine addition to the series.
Apr 03, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Susanna
Recommended to Laura by: Gundula
This book was kindly sent by Gundula. The story is a quest about the search for the stone Eye of Jerusalem avidly owned by Prince John.. Another page turner book by Alys Clare.
Very happy to see this series recover to the promise of the earlier books - great period detail, interesting characters, well developed plotting.
Great book! Best of this series so far! I recommend this, but start from the beginning!
Ma'lis Wendt
Another of the Hawkenlye mysteries--I'm really enjoying all of them.
Read 2009; reread 2015
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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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