It's 1242. Dominican inquisitors are traveling in France, persecuting and torturing suspected heretics. But then someone starts killing the Inquisitors....and whoever it is must be stopped before the fanatical Dominicans wreak their brutal revenge. So the Crown sends Balian of Mallorca, a notorious alchemist/physician/polyglot who many believe to be a sorcerer, to Languedoc to solve the perplexing mystery.
Historian O’Shea makes his fiction debut with a superior whodunit set in 1242.. O’Shea’s expertise about this period shines through on every page. Fans of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose won’t want to miss this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this marvelous tale! You have found a treasure. It's a thrilling mystery filled with surprising twists and unspeakable evil that reaches an ingenious conclusion.
A gripping medieval detective story that pulls you into the horrors of the Inquisition. A compelling read featuring a fascinating team of investigators, twisting through a labyrinthine plot with their lives at stake.
A fast-paced medieval mystery, featuring an intriguing detective with secrets of his own. The setting of Languedoc in the aftermath of the Cathar crusade and French invasion is one that is little known. Readers may be surprised to find that medieval life was as varied as ours today.
Historical fiction completes the tapestry outlined by sterile names, places and dates; and Stephen O’Shea is a master weaver. A noted historian, he has created a fast-paced story with a vivid cast of characters. Somehow this tumultuous historical chapter from Europe in the 1200s seems remarkably relevant to our own turbulent times.