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The Plymouth Cloak

(Roger the Chapman #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Protecting a royal messenger who carries a crucial secret letter, Roger the Chapman begins a two days of dangerous adventure, and realizes that he must learn his companion's past if they are to survive. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Harpercollins (Mm) (first published 1992)
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς με τον Ρογήρο τον γυρολόγο, με ελάχιστες αναφορές στο πρώτο, οπότε διαβάζεται άνετα και ευχάριστα! Εκπληκτική ιστορική αναπαράσταση, αληθινοί χαρακτήρες και ο Ρογήρος ο ξεχασιάρης, ο σωματώδης, ο άνθρωπος που παράτησε το μοναστικό σχήμα για να τριγυρίζει σε δάση και λόγγους, με κέρδισε απόλυτα! Αν σας άρεσε κι εσάς, ένα θα σας πω: έχουν γραφτεί ως το 2013 είκοσι δύο, ναι, 22 βιβλία, εκ των οποίων τα έξι μόνο μεταφράστηκαν στα ελληνικά (τουλάχιστον βάσει της Βιβλιονέτ ...more
Hoenese Ruebesch
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Charming medieval sleuth and mystery.
Pauline Calkin

This is the second mystery in the Roger the Chapman series and is set in 1473 when the Earl of Oxford was trying to forment unrest against King Edward’s rule. Duke Richard of Gloucester is in Exeter and when he learns that Roger is the city, he asks Roger to guard a royal agent who is carrying a letter to the Duke of Brittany. Roger will have to protect the agent, Philip Underwood, from more that just enemy spies, for the latter has acquired many enemies over the course of his unsavory career as
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Kate Sedley has set her historical mystery in the period just before the reign of Richard III. Richard is still Duke of Gloucester. In an attempt to get a message to one of the king’s allies, he hires Roger the Chapman (a chapman was like an itinerant peddler) to accompany Philip Underwood, who will carry the letter. Unfortunately, Philip is a former speculator and trader in dwarfs; evidently the aristocracy enjoyed having such anomalies around court, and they could be sold for considerable sums ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tweede deel uit de middeleeuwse verhalen van Kate Sedely over Roger de Marskramer.

Roger krijgt de opdracht om een Koninklijke boodschapper te beschermen op zijn reis. Onderweg wordt deze boodschapper toch vermoord en Roger ziet het als zijn taak om de moordenaar te vinden.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Sedley has woven another exceptional medieval mystery. The threads of the plot are vibrant and intriguing, ultimately intertwining to reveal an unexpected, bold tapestry. Her well-formed characters posses much depth, the setting is beautifully descriptive, and the turmoil of the period provides an effective backdrop to this 2nd adventure of Roger the chapman.

A favorite passage:
"The rutted track was barred with long October shadows and the pale sunshine struggled to make itself felt between
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leest lekker weg, goede sfeerbeschrijving van het leven in de 15e eeuw van Engeland. Plot is niet hoogstaand.
Stuart Mansfield
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining story but there were lots of typos.
Jul 31, 2019 added it
1473 murder mystery
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to have fun, you have tu read it.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: period-mystery
This was recommended by another period mystery fan in Second Life, but he advised reading them in order. We didn't have the first one at the library, so I began with this one.

I was delighted. Not being well versed in English history, specifically the War of the Roses (or Wars thereof), I was in a bit over my head with the names of kings and the like, but a few names raised my hopes and indeed this does take place in the time just before Richard III. Richard is not yet king and is loyal to his br
Jesús Cardeña Morales
Aunque la historia es interesante, sigo pensando que la manera de narrar de la autora hace perder un poco de emoción a lo que sucede. En esta nueva aventura de Roger Chapman, sabiendo desde el principio (gracias a la sinopsis) lo que va a sucederle a uno de los personajes, no le sucede hasta un poco más de la mitad del libro. Con lo cual la investigación en sí no empieza hasta más de medio libro. Se ha hecho un poco insufrible y por eso no le pongo cuatro estrellas, aunque me ha gustado más que ...more
Ένα συμπαθητικό βιβλίο ιστορικού μυστηρίου. Ο Ρογήρος καλείται να συνοδεύσει έναν βασιλικό αγγελιοφόρο, για να φτάσει σώο το γράμμα που κουβαλά και μπορεί να κρίνει την ιστορία του θρόνου.

Αρκετά καλογραμμένο και στρωτό, αλλά ο Ρογήρος δεν μπορεί να συγκριθεί με τον Κάντφαελ της Έλις Πίτερς. Για τα τρία αστεράκια ίσως φταίει και το ότι το διάβασα στην ελληνική του απόδοση. Για κάποιο λόγο μου φαίνεται πως ευχαριστιέμαι αυτά τα βιβλία περισσότερο στην πρωτότυπη γλώσσα. Ίσως γιατί αν κρίνω από την
Read again 05/03/14 for Maze Mystery Discussion Group.

The War of the Roses again impacts Roger the Chapman's life. When King Edward IV wants to send his messenger to Burgundy asking the Duke to keep Henry Tudor bottled up there, his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, provides Roger as a bodyguard to the messenger. It would seem that a lot of people have it in for this messenger and the two are constantly noticing people spying on them. War breaks out on the coast and the ship for the messenger
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
Nice for the descriptions of English life in the year of Our Lord, 1473, but in general rather predictable. The clues which Roger the Chapman also figured out fairly thumped me in the face when reading. All in all. Phillip Underdown thoroughly deserved his fate-- to be killed "dead, front and back."

From the Publisher:
Roger the Chapman, a seller of goods as well as a solver of puzzles, is sent on a royal secret mission in this charming murder mystery set in medieval England. The inquisitive pedd
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). ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set during the time of the three brothers who all fight for the British crown, this book features a common man. Roger has more learning than most of his class, and somehow gets in with the duke. There he helps the duke solve "problems". In this one, a young woman is found dead. The suspect is a family member of the king's mistress. The duke hopes that if he can give the mistress happy information, she will help him out with his brother the king. Roger gets to look for the answer. ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyable medieval mystery series. I've been reading some of the later books and finally found an early one. The main character is likeable and smart and the mysteries are fairly engaging. However, I often find myself questioning how he is able to investigate crimes without having any official role. At least in this book he has been entrusted with a related task, but in a lot of the other books he's just a random person coming through, yet somehow he gets people to answer his questions. ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I have discovered a new for me, fun mystery series. Roger the Chapman is the peddler and reluctant sleuth in 15th century England. It combines my two favorite genres: historical fiction and mystery. What could be better?
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 12, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A good read with interesting characters but the protagonist, Roger, seems to be too naive and inexperienced to be successful in his task. Plot was fast paced.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable entry into Sedley's medieval mystery series. This time Roger is tasked with protecting a messenger delivering a letter to the king's ally in Brittany. Danger and then murder! ...more
Elizabeth White
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, easy to read. I guessed the killer's identity before the end, though. I will read the next book in the series,
Intrigue décevante car éminemment prévisible.
The Plymouth Cloak: The Second Tale of Roger the Chapman (Chapman Mysteries) by Kate Sedley (1994)
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Nice touches with the Medieval setting, but the core mystery behind the story was poorly done and lacking in any true suspense.
Yomi Mi Ri
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
La segunda entrega de Roger Chapman, me ha gustado mucho. Kate sigue sin decepcionarme con su pluma sencilla y a lo que va, con sus personajes misteriosos y conspiraciones clásicas de la edad media.
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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.
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