This is the first book in this series featuring Catherine LeVendeur, a very unlikely detective. She serves as a nun at the Convent of the Paraclete. Sharan Newman, the author, writes a thoroughly researched novel about 12th century religion, politics and everyday life. Along with that she weaves in a complicated mystery and the love story of Abelard and Heloise. Catherine's story is not for someone looking for a light read. This book weighs heavily with historical facts which may turn out to be overwhelming if the reader is not prepared. Having said that, as someone who has an interest in medieval Europe, I enjoyed reading this well written historical mystery.
Submitted by Paula N. @ MPL Central