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The Sanctity of Hate: A Medieval Mystery    by Priscilla Royal order for
Sanctity of Hate
by Priscilla Royal
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

With Author Priscilla Royal's newest offering, we return to the summer of 1276 at Tyndal Priory. It proves to be a tranquil season until Alwyne's corpse is found floating in the millpond. Since it is not sure just where the man died, both Prioress Eleanor and local Crowner Ralf decide to ignore jurisdiction and work together to solve the crime.

A crime it surely was, for the man had been hit on the back of the head and thrown into the millpond. A Jewish man is viewed with suspicion, Jews not being accepted. They have been ordered to relocate to a nearby town, but the Jew's wife is heavily pregnant and in the middle of a difficult birth.

Sanctity of Hate is the ninth of the Medieval Mystery series, which only get better with each new episode. One would assume that life would be peaceful in a religious community. Far from it. All sorts of complications and devious activities occur to blemish Prioress Eleanor's contemplations. Which leads to a very enjoyable read.

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