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The Three Kings of Cologne (Roger the Chapman #16)

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The new Roger the Chapman novelWhen the remains of Isabella Linkinhorne, who disappeared twenty years earlier and was known to have had three secret lovers, are discovered on nunnery land, Roger the Chapman is called in. Faced with the task of tracking down three people of whom he knows next to nothing, Roger nicknames them Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior after the Magi the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Severn House Publishers (first published 2007)
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Mar 20, 2009 Pam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cece! and anyone who likes UK books, mysteries set in the Middle Ages.
Shelves: 2009, mystery
Another great medieval mystery by Kate Sedley. Set in the year 1481, Roger Chapman is approached by Mayor-Elect Foster. It seems that the Mayor-Elect has heard of Roger's ability to solve little mysteries. This one could be a challenge. The Mayor-Elect just bought a parcel of land on which he wants to build almshouses and erect a cathedral to the three kings of Cologne, otherwise known as the three Wise Men. But while the land was being cleared, a body has been unearthed. The deceased has been m ...more
A 20-year-old corpse is found buried in land intended for an almshouse. The Mayor of Bristol engages Roger Chapman to bring the killer to justice before he has the land re-consecrated. The three lovers of Isabella Linkinhorne, a willful beauty believed to have run away with a man, are now the main suspects in her murder. It's an old, cold mystery which Roger manages to bring back to life. From Bristol to Westbury to Bath and back again, Roger identifies the lovers, but there isn't evidence again ...more
I have read some of these Roger the Chapman mysteries before. As always, a good read that kept me guessing till the end. I enjoy the glimpses into the 'middle ages' as well, and some of what life was like for others than just the nobility.
#16 Roger the Chapman historical mystery set in the late 1400's England. A body discovered on a patch of land that had belonged to a nunnery, now being developed by the mayor-elect of Bristol as an almshouse and sanctuary proves to be a missing young woman who disappeared twenty years previously. The mayor pays Roger to investigate and hopes to find the girl's killer so he feels right about having the ground reconsecrated. This is the first time Roger has set his chapman's bag aside and accepted ...more
this book was another medieval mystery series. I just wish they had published these types of series earlier. Medieval history is my favorite period, so I would have really enjoyed them. But now I have found them. I think that Susanna Gregory's novels are better though.
Apr 16, 2011 Marian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Marian by: Me
In this tale of Roger the Chapman, he is called on to use his skills to solve a twenty year old mystery. Again, Kate Sedley's attention to detail with the people of the 15th Century and their lives and customs is excellent.
The solution to the murder was fairly obvious and not much happens, but its decently enough written and has a minimum of eyerolling dialogue. Okay, if you've got nothing else.
Historical mystery set in 15th century Bristol, England. Roger is a likable hero, peddler and amateur sleuth.
Roger the Chapman - good mystery, good characters
Roger the Chapman series. I've read them all.
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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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