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The Wicked Winter (Roger the Chapman #6)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Despite the wintry weather, Roger the traveling Chapman is once again relishing the freedom of his calling. As he journeys west, he finds himself following in the footsteps of an itinerant preacher, Brother Simeon, whose fiery sermons are the talk of the countryside. Roger, who has met the Dominican friar before, and finds his zeal wearying, is less than enthused when they ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 30th 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published June 1995)
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Sandra Strange
From the time of the Wars of the Roses, these novels give readers a double pleasure: lots of good cultural and social, as well as historical, detail about Medieval England and really fun puzzle/murder mysteries. It helps that the protagonist "detective," a chapman (travelling salesman) who has a background in the holy orders and is big, good looking, and skillful at fighting, is engaging and sympathetic (often fooled along with the reader).
It broke my heart that this one started in JANUARY. What? What about that superfun holiday just days before? I do love a Christmas cozy. Ah well, there's another one down the line in the series so I'll get there. In the meantime, we do have a moody, isolated manor house full of love triangles and gossip, where everyone gets snowed in just long enough for a bunch of people to meet their untimely ends and for Roger to point the finger. It's a lot of fun, and perfect for curling up with when snow i ...more
Very enjoyable for its setting in medieval England, including a medieval mindset. Will read another.
Apr 25, 2011 Marian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Marian by: Me
The dead bodies are piling up and Roger the Chapman, away from home and caught out by a spell of bad weather, can find no reason for who is committing these murders and why. There is nothing for him to do but talk to all his fellow inhabitants of Cederwell Manor and to try solve the murders before he himself is despatched by the murderer who must surely be amongst them.
This was one of the better written books that I've read in the series so far. It was suspenseful and didn't give itself away as I've felt the earlier ones did. The main character, Roger, is aging in the series and seems to be thinking more as a character. The writing style is the same but it seems more solid in this book.

I love this series, and am currently working my way through its entirety. Of course this charming character is created by a woman! I really enjoy learning about medieval life in such a pleasant way:)
Another adventure with Roger Chapman. He travels west during the cold winter months where he is held up by a blizzard and the mysterious death of the lady of the manor. Medieval crime fiction.
Jun 21, 2012 Mimi added it
Period details enliven this medieval mystery series.
Roger the Chapman is stranded at a manor with a traveling priest when several unexplained deaths occur.
Andrea Robinson
Another good story by Kate Sedley.
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Kate Sedley, the pen-name of Brenda Margaret Lilian Honeyman Clarke (born 1926) is an English historical novelist. She was born in Bristol and educated at The Red Maid's School, Westbury-on-Trym. She is married and has a son and a daughter, and one granddaughter.
Her medieval historical whodunnits feature Roger the Chapman, who has given up a monk's cell for the freedom of peddling his wares on th
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