April 1193. England’s King Richard Lionheart languishes in a German prison, and treason scents the air. Richard’s younger brother, John, seizes Windsor Castle, and Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine summons her trusted personal “queen’s man,” Justin de Quincy, to do the impossible– mediate a truce with her rebel son. Amid such fateful events, the murder of a Welsh peddler’s daughter seems small. But the cruel demise of the beautiful Melangell so troubles Justin that not even a threatened French invasion can keep him from investigating her death. Yet can he bring Melangell’s craven killer to justice?
Cruel As the Grave by Sharon Kay Penman
Red board covers with dark colorful dust jacket and black spine. Edge wear and corner bumps. Clean, tight pages and spine. Published by G.P. Putnams & Sons in 1998. Fiction. Measures 8.5 x 5.75 inches with 242 pages. VG