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The Faithful Dead (Hawkenlye Mysteries #5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  220 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
An elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. It is nothing suspicious, for he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile, Josse d’Acquin has a visit from Prince John, seeking news of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius. Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the help of Abbess Helewise, Josse finds she has a problem of her own—a decomposing body has been discovered, naked and kil ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2002)
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Kiwi
A light mystery read, but I was hoping for something better. The period of the second Crusades has been dealt with in a superficial manner and due to the presence of several magical elements (view spoiler) it seemed more a fairy tale than a work of historical fiction.
2.5 stars.
LJ
THE FAITHFUL DEAD (Hist. Mys-Sir Josse D’Acquin-England-1192) – VG+
Clare, Alys – 5th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2002, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0340793295

First Sentence: Josse d’Acquin stood with his manservant, Will, looking gloomily out over the meadow which, last night, had contained the household cow and her calf.

Two travelers come to the healing waters of the Vale at Hawkenlye Abby; an old man and his young servant. The old man dies and the young man disappears.

Several months later, skele
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Susan in NC
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars, as in I really liked some parts. I'm not sure what to say about this installment in the Hawkenlye series featuring Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d'Acquin; it wasn't the traditional mystery set in the environs of Hawkenlye Abbey we've come to expect. Well, the decomposed body of a murdered man is found hidden in the bracken along the road near the Abbey and the Abbess enlists Josse's help to identify the victim, but a large chunk of the book is taken up with Josse's family histor ...more
Sue
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, england, medieval
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Cecily
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-archive
An unusual book in the series in that it is told mostly in flashback and involves events concerning his father before Josse is born. I liked the change in pace and focus of this instalment (there is a credible limit to how many people can be found murdered just off the path to the Abbey). It also links forward to the action in books ahead where we will, I suspect, return to the forest and those who live amongst it. But - in the meantime - a welcome change from the usual preoccupations of the mai ...more
Jeannie
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This the third Hawkenlye mystery I've read (Ashes of the Elements, Fortune like the Moon). I enjoyed this one best and I think that's because I've realised that the history bit is only background and therefore doesn't need to be 'accurate'. The actual story is about the supernatural and probably more akin to Phil Rickman's books rather than Philippa Gregory.
Venetia Green
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
A very readable medieval murder mystery with some interesting characters. However the writing (especially in the central section, in which the hero's father's adventures during the Second Crusade are recounted) tends towards 'telling'. The relationships between and emotions of the major characters are just too warm-and-fuzzy to seem true. Finally, the plot hinges upon magic, a millenia-old mission and even, it is hinted, an immortal sorcerer. I'm afraid that, probable medieval belief in such thi ...more
Alissa Mccarthy
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Number 5 in the series, an elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. It is nothing suspicious, for he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile, Josse d’Acquin has a visit from Prince John, seeking news of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius. Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the help of Abbess Helewise, Josse finds she has a problem of her own—a decomposing body has been discovered, naked and killed by an expert hand. When Josse’s brother, Yves, arrives, the three are hurled into a mystery with ...more
Patricia Ellis
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read! Another brilliant story!

This is another fabulous story intricately told that grips the reader who is transported back through the centuries to find themselves in the quiet confines of the Abbey. One follows through the daily pattern of work and worship until its peace is broken by exciting events!
Ann Mcelligott
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fine medieval historical mystery series is set in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her sons Richard and John. It is an unsettled time in English history, and Hawkenlye Abbey under the direction of Abbess Helewise and her friend Josse d'Aquin are caught in the politics of the time. A fine addition to the series.
Cheryl
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this might be my favourite so far. We get to learn more about Josse's family and background.
Ma'lis Wendt
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another of the Hawkenlye mysteries--I'm really enjoying all of them.
Cindi
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Best of this series so far! I recommend this, but start from the beginning!
Karen
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very happy to see this series recover to the promise of the earlier books - great period detail, interesting characters, well developed plotting.
Laura
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Susanna
Recommended to Laura by: Manybooks
This book was kindly sent by Gundula. The story is a quest about the search for the stone Eye of Jerusalem avidly owned by Prince John.. Another page turner book by Alys Clare.
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Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, medieval
Read 2009; reread 2015
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hawkenlye Mysteries (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Ashes of the Elements (Hawkenlye Mysteries, #2)
  • The Tavern in the Morning (Hawkenlye Mysteries, #3)
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