Down a torch-lit stone corridor, the tower room's only occupant scribbles a hurried message that might save a kingdom or plunge it into wrack and ruin. But a few hours hence, the messenger lies dead along the wooded path. Enter, if you dare, the world of medieval intrigue.
When a series of murders paralyzes the town of Canterbury in the fifteenth century, physician and chemist Kathryn Swinbrooke, assisted by bumbling Irish soldier Colum Murtagh, searches for a killer with literary tastes and rather personal motives.
Symington Smythe, a would-be thespian, and young William Shakespeare meet in a tavern on the road to London and become traveling companions. Once in London, they debut as amateur detectives on a case of matrimony, mayhem, and possible murder.
The knight turned Benedictine monk has his hands full when a young brother tells everyone of his visions of the murdered Saint Winifred, and what she demands be done so that she may rest in peace. First of the Brother Cadfael series.