The Ravens of Blackwater (Domesday, #2)
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The Ravens of Blackwater (Domesday #2)

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In this novel, Edward Marston continues his colorful, historically fascinating series of mysteries set in England, just after the Norman Conquest, during the reign of William the Conqueror. Each novel draws upon an actual entry in the Domesday Book, a massive record compiled by royal tribunals sent by William to assess taxes and survey landholdings. The small village of Ma...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published March 2nd 1996 by Fawcett Books (first published 1994)
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First Sentence: Blackwater Hall seemed to hover like a bird of prey over the river estuary whose name it held in its eager talons.

Norman-born soldier Sir Ralph Delchaird and Briton/Saxon lawyer, Gervase Bret, along with two clerics, travel to the Esex town of Maldon to investigate possible land-transfer irregularities for King William and the Domesday Book. The eldest son of FitzCorbucion of Blackwood Hall, the family suspected of illegal dealings, has been murdered. His younger brother is certa...more
#2 in the Domesday medieval mysteries, featuring Gervase Bret and Ralph Delchard and their cohorts Canon Hubert and Brother Simon, who travel around England at the behest of King William the Conqueror. The year is 1086, and the mission of our motley crew is to compile a so-called Domesday Book, in which every person and their lands are catalogued--and of course, appropriately taxed. They investigate cases of fraud, where landholders bilk other people out of their rightful property on the sly and...more
c1994. A sweet little book with nice characters and a cosy mystery not all that difficult to solve. The background of the conflict between the Saxon and Normans and the impact of the conquest on ordinary people is not a common one. Some wonderful character names such as Torvild the Haunted and Humphrey Goldenbollocks. The 2 main protagonists, Ralph and Gervase, are well drawn and the humour is excellent. Will definitely try and find the next one. "Humphrey is even more remarkable than I thought...more
Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret (and Canon Hubert) ride again for the Domesday Book, this time to feared Blackwater Hall, where a Norman lord seems to have been land-grabbing for some time. When the reviled heir to the Hall is killed, the Domesday commission must solve his brutal murder as well as untangle a web of deception that spreads from the most powerful Norman lord to the humblest nun at the priory.

This is another fantastic period mystery with believable and fully fleshed heroes and villa...more
The second in the series of Edward Marston's Domesday Series is a absorbing read follows the same formula of the others in the series. They are good period murder mysteries set in Norman England, but suffer from plots that can become a little predictable. This is in the third of these books I have read and will be the last for while. I need a change!!
I love Edward Marston and what I especially love about these is how much history gets packed into these pretty short mystery stories. Each book occurs in a different section of England featured in the Domesday Book. Good characters, good mystery, great fun!
The second book in Edward Marston's Doomsday Book series is just as enjoyable as the first. The plot twists are surprising and the atmosphere is very palpable.
I found this series fascinating and I love the setting. What an imaginative way to present the writing of the Domesday Chronicles.
I learned a little more about the Domesday Books and the history of the Angles, Saxons, Danes, and Normans in England.
Arlene Allen
Excellent entry in the series; the secrets we keep and the things we do for love.
Medieval mystery set in the 1200's.
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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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