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Sorrow Without End (Medieval Mystery #3)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  313 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
As the autumn storms of 1271 ravage the East Anglian coast, Crowner Ralf finds the corpse of a brutally murdered soldier in the woods near Tyndal Priory. The dagger in the man's chest is engraved with a strange, cursive design, and the body is wrapped in a crusader's cloak. Was this the act of a member of the Assassin sect or was the weapon meant to mislead him in finding ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 23rd 2006)
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Not as good as the first two. The story was a little slow. Nowhere near the drama of the previous novels. It was still an enjoyable read just not quite up to the first two.
Enjoyable historical mystery. Set during the last year of Henry III reign the plot revolved around men returning from the Crusades and the effect it had on them. I enjoy the characters and look forward to the next entry in the series.
Dec 04, 2015 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ken Kugler
Dec 23, 2012 Ken Kugler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorrow Without End, by Priscilla Royal, is a bit different from her first two books. It has its usual cast, Prior Eleanor, Sister Anne, Crowner Ralf (Sister Anne’s former husband) and Brother Thomas. This latest addition to a wonderful and growing series takes on the horror that war, murder and it’s horrors can do to a man’s mind. The story starts again with a murder near Tyndal Priory. The victim has a curved knife in his body and it has strange written letters engraved onto it. The victim is a ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
This is a murder mystery set in the 1200's - an interesting concept. It is apparently one in a series of Medieval mysteries. I rather enjoyed the story, the characters, and seeing a kind of "Law and Order" in the early days.

A man, a returning crusader, is found murdered near a religious priory. The local sheriff works with the head nun, the brothers, the nun who is the healer, and others to solve the crime.

As long as you suspend some reality, it is not a bad read.
Judy Sutherland
Another really enjoyable read from Priscilla Royal. I am really enjoying this series. The historical notes at the end really add to the book. Sometimes I find the dialogue a bit stilted, but understand that the author is trying to convey that these people do think differently, in a different cultural context. Overall it's just the thing for a soothing, relatively undemanding but pleasant read.
Aug 30, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
These are just so good. Once I start one I can't put them down and end up staying awake all hours. The historical details included in the Afterward are miniature history lessons that round out each story nicely.

In this edition, it seems as if everyone is struggling with an identity crisis. Eleanor with her feelings for Thomas and her role in the priory, Ralf with his feelings for Anne, Thomas still struggling with his past and who to trust, and a host of others all trying to figure out how they
Priscilla Royal continues to enthrall with the third work in her Medieval Mystery series, Sorrow Without End. It's 1271 and Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas come face to face with the mysteries and politics of the Crusades. A body is found on the road to the priory; it's pierced with a dagger inscribed with strange characters, and therein starts the tale, with more bodies to follow, conflicts of faith and fellowship, miraculous relics and mysterious pilgrims.

It's on to the next Priscilla Roy
This series just keeps getting better and better. The author does a great job of developing her major characters, making me want to continue reading and learn more about Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas.
Sep 14, 2015 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
pg 41 Answered my question about his spymaster role.

Sandra Knapp
Jul 04, 2011 Sandra Knapp rated it really liked it
This was a mystery tale, but it was more a tale of life as it was lived in 13th century AD, under the reign of King Henry III, near the end of his long reign. You learn more about their life style, religious beliefs and medical knowledge, or lack of it, at that time. The mystery of who murdered the soldier on the road to the small town of Tyndale is almost secondary to the rest of the tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would read more in this series. History fascinates me almost as much as myste ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another satisfying read, though pretty dark. The mystery resolves nicely, but what about the leper? I am enjoying this series, though I remain nostalgic for Ellis Peters' Cadfael series. I crave more of the monastic life, not just the presence of monastic persons. Conversely, these monastics display more human failings and weaknesses. Perhaps that is the result of having fewer options in life?
Mar 05, 2014 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, but not a really complex plot; yet the book advances our appreciation of the characters as personal interpersonal conflicts arise, the Prioress gains her footing within the politics of monastic life, and the main characters develop. Looking forward to the next one.
Cel Jel
Jan 13, 2013 Cel Jel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery where a man killed outside the priory is brought in, and it makes sense that the killer has also come for shelter there. It contains subplots and twists that make it very very interesting.
Nov 09, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed meeting the characters. It was interesting that everyone had their flaws. I had figured out part of the mystery but there was an unexpected twist at the end.
Would recommend for those that like medieval mysteries.
I was a bit disappointed in this third entry in the series-it seemed aimless and did not advance the series...all characters ended where they began.
Stephanie Jewett
really like the author's notes at the end of each book, with supplemental historical information pertaining to the plot. very interesting.
Jul 29, 2012 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay--but not Cadfael! The story pace was slow and the actions not always credible--seemed like CSI in the 13th Century.
Jan 10, 2012 Cathy0584 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gem from Priscilla Royal...compelling story and character development. Can't wait to read the next one!
May 13, 2013 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still an enjoyable read, but not quite as much as the 1st two
Feb 16, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas.
Ellen Dark
Jun 04, 2013 Ellen Dark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining story made me glad I didn't live in the 1200s.
Elly Wendy
Liked it. Interesting history.
John Hanscom
Nov 17, 2011 John Hanscom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the series.
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Priscilla has a degree in world literature from San Francisco State University, where she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. She is a theater fan as well as reader of history, mysteries, and fiction of lesser violence. She lives in Northern California and belongs to the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime.
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