The Devil's Door (Catherine LeVendeur #2)
1140 Anno Domini:
A wealthy countess lies dying at the Convent of the Paraclete, brutally beaten by unknown assailants. Despite entreaties, she is unwilling to name her killer. Beautiful Catherine LeVendeur, the Paraclete's most learned young novice-scholar, vows to find out the identity of the woman's attacker.
When her beloved Edgar comes to lead her from the convent to a...more
This second book in the Catherine LeVendeur mystery series rivals the first in depth, plot complexity and sheer entertainment. Catherine is at the Abbey awaiting Edgar and their marriage when a woman, beaten nearly to death, is brought to the Abbey by her husband, a local Lord. He states that his wife was set upon and beaten by a local rival lord. However, he displays no upset at his wife's condition and abruptly leaves. Edgar appears, he and Catherine wed, but the w ...more
Ths book is about a girl who is a young noice scholar residing at a Convent, who falls in love and leaves the place where she had grown up. Though she left the church, she finds that her path still revolves around the arguements between the bib ...more
That plot was a good one: I was able to guess the central secret, but not too long before our heroine did. The v ...more
Her books are well researched and offer a wealth of information about medieval time. Did you know in France washing hands before eating was common and there were private rooms in public bath houses?
The mysteries become formulaic, but the su ...more
I really like Catherine, she’s plucky and fearless. Taking her family secret of being Jewish in stride and expecting there to be ...more
1) Have fun
2) Understand everything about medieval France and esp. about Héloïse and Abélard
3) Understand the religious debates of the time
Then this book is a must read.
Sharan Newman writes one of the very best historical detective novels in the whole world.
I enjoyed every page!
Rather than teach, Newman chose to use her e ...more