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The Paths of the Air

(Hawkenlye Mysteries #11)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The new novel in the popular Hawkenlye series - Autumn 1196. A secretive stranger arrives at New Winnowlands, and Sir Josse dAcquin guesses that he is a returning Crusader. Josse seeks the assistance of Abbess Helewise of Hawkenlye to have the mans injuries treated in the infirmary. But then the various demons who are on the mans trail begin to turn up, and Josse realizes ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Severn House Publishers
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Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: england, mystery, medieval
Josse has a visit from a gravely ill and shrouded man who identifies himself as John Damianos. Josse allows him to stay in one of his outer buildings. It is odd how John eats heartily but appears to sleep all day and not get any better. One morning, it is found that he left during the night. When he doesn’t return several days later, Josse sets off for Hawkenlye. While there, a messenger brings word of a gruesomely murdered body found along the path. Josse goes to investigate and wonders if it ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first read of a Hawkenlye Mystery, & I did not realize this was part of such a long series... That said, I found it quite entertaining and well written: fine as a standalone read. I would give it a 3.5 or even 4 star rating within the category of light entertainment.
I like the historic setting, which has some real flavor of life in the times, and there is just enough character development to interest you in the outcome.
I am not reaching quickly for another in the series, but I do
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this author and read everything she writes, I wait patiently for the next novel to surface and then consume them so quickly i regret my reading speed.
She is a superlative story teller. Her characters are alive, rich and fully sketched in, inpersonality and characteristics. Next story please?
Alissa McCarthy
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
More Hawkenlye Abbey - such a treat! These books are often not available in the US because they were never printed here. This one came to me with the check-out chart, old-fashioned date stamp and everything, from a library in Oxfordshire, England.
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A man has been savagely killed in the old forest near Hawkenlye Abbey and Sir Josse d'Acquin and Abbess Helewise have another mystery to unravel. It is 1196 and someone has committed a foul crime that must be solved before others become victims too!

Have enjoyed this series but am frustrated by the lack of several titles at my local library. Have run into this problem before with English authors. Some of their books are produced in limited quantities and trying to find them here in the states bec
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
For those of you who enjoy mediaeval religious mysteries (hard to believe that could be considered a genre in itself) this series is as good as any. Well drawn characters, intricate plots which stay within the realm of possibility, interesting historical details which don't overwhelm the story and a great contrast between the main characters-the Abbess of Hawkenlye and Sir Josse d"Acquin, an ex-crusader. These two unlikely friends now often find themselves working together to solve crimes commit ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
c2008. A much better book than the last 2. Back to form - is a phrase that comes to mind. The story is much more concentrated on Josse without much of the supernatural that was evident in the previous 2. Both the murder and mystery was more complicated and less easily anticipated than the earlier ones. I loved the addition of the Hospitallers - they rank just under the Templars in my interest. Again, the blurb on the back does not refer to this actual book but to the author and series in general ...more
Kathy Moberg
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book in the series. The story is not as believable as usual for Alys Clare, but nonetheless, a great read. I love the regualr characters in this series, and that part of the storyline takes some very interesting twists and turns! Now, I'm on to the next one!
Ma'lis Wendt
Sep 02, 2009 rated it liked it
A fine medieval mystery. The plot thicken as the book progressed and actually got very complicated and interesting.
Ann O.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Easy read and enjoyable.
Josephine (Jo)
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Finished 6th December 2008

A good plot and quite a few twists and turns enjoyable light reading.
This entry in the series was a little more interesting and enjoyable because of the flashbacks to the most recent Crusade and European doings in "Outremer". There was almost no fantasy/Pagan stuff.
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael, but a very enjoyable book.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Terrific read! Another great mystery by Alys Clare! This one in particular had a lot of twists and turns, and things NOT turning out as one would expect!
Marie Murphy
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book - very entertaining. Mystery set in the time of the Crusades
1190. Is the latest in a series of books. Well written and keeps you guessing till the end.
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Alys Clare is the pen name used by Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.

Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name. Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a re

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