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Cruel as the Grave por Sharon Penman
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Cruel as the Grave (original 1998; edição 1999)

por Sharon Penman

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In 12th century England, Justin de Quincy, special agent for Eleanor of Aquitaine, investigates the murder of a peddler's daughter. Two men are suspected, but they are rich and the rich are difficult to bring to justice.
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Título:Cruel as the Grave
Autores:Sharon Penman
Informação:Penguin (1999), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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Etiquetas:Crime fiction (American)

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Cruel as the Grave por Sharon Kay Penman (1998)

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Justin de Quincy is The Queen's Man, working for Eleanor of Aquitane while Richard is imprisoned and John is trying to take over. It seemed like Penman inserted every scrap of medieval research into this novel. And every female beyond toddler age was called a whore at some point. I enjoyed the first in this series but this one was mediocre to say the least. Disappointing. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 14, 2021 |
This is the second mystery starring Justin de Quincy by Sharon, Penman. The blend of fictional and "real life" characters is seamless,and they are fleshed by a writer who has a gift for captivating the essence of both so well that they all arouse the interest of the reader from the first page and hold it throughout. The plot is well woven, and keeps the suspense going to virtually the final word - just what is needed in a good mystery, with red herrings, romance and intrigue throughout. An excellent read. ( )
  Jawin | Jan 21, 2018 |
I'd actually rate this three and a half stars if I could--I enjoyed it more than I did the first book in the series, "The King's Man." Part of that might have been because I had just finished Penman's trilogy dealing with Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and was loathe to leave that world. On the other hand, if this isn't rated higher it's because it suffers in comparison to both other historical mysteries and Penman's straight historical fiction. I love her "Sunne in Splendor" and "Here Be Dragons" and this just isn't in the same category. Penman even confessed in an author's note that she wasn't at first very comfortable with pure fiction with created characters and I think it shows in particular in the first two books in this series (I feel different about the third and last book and am rather sorry to see the series end) I do like her protagonist detective, Justin de Quincy "the Queen's Man." But I thought the solution to the first two books far too predictable--again something I thought improved in the next book--and I did enjoy all three. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Apr 21, 2016 |
In the sequel to “The Queen's Man” Justin de Quincy, bastard son of a highly placed clergyman, continues his job working as an agent for Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her favorite son, Richard the Lionheart, is still held captive by the Holy Roman Emperor as she struggles to keep her youngest son, John, from mounting a rebellion to take over the realm. In a second story line, Justin is asked by his landlady to investigate the murder of a Welsh peddler's daughter. The author does a great job of linking these two stories and I think that's one of the best parts of the series. Justin works for the queen but he also lives and works among the ordinary citizens of 12th century London which gives the reader a perspective of both the royal and commoner characters.

The characters are filled with rich detail and Sharon Kay Penman uses her vast historical knowledge to detail the London time period. Justin is loyal and compassionate and many of the secondary characters are coming together as we move further into the series. While I still prefer the longer historical novels written by Penman this book delivers great plotting and atmosphere. I find the mystery elements compelling and plan to continue the four book series. In my opinion, “Cruel as the Grave” will be much more enjoyable for those who have already read “The Queen's Man” since book two starts immediately after book one.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is one of those "I have no idea what compelled me to buy this book" discoveries on my bookshelves. It very clearly states on the front "A Medieval Mystery." Now, the only thing I hate more than a mystery is the Medieval time period. The wimples, the tonsures, the Lord this, Lady that, the tunics, the mutton, the mead, dear God, the drinking of the mead--it's too much bad fashion, bad food, and bad social hierarchies. And heaven forbid there be a sex scene because I assume everyone in the Medieval period had a hygiene level basically on par with that of Courtney Love. So why did I buy this book?

After discovering the novel while "weeding out" the old bookshelves to make room for some new goodies, I thought I would at least read the first 5 to 10 pages. You know, just enough to ease my conscience that I had at least given it a shot before putting it in the donation pile. So imagine my surprise when I look up nearly an hour later and I'm already 40 pages in. Cruel as the Grave is a serviceable mystery that doesn't browbeat you with historic detail and is a surprisingly accessible, swift read.

Set in--shall I say it again?--Medieval England during the imprisonment of Richard the Lionheart, the novel focuses on Justin de Quincy, the bastard child of a bishop, who has surprisingly risen through society's ranks to become the "Queen's man." As Eleanor of Aquitaine's trusted servant, Justin becomes embroiled in palace intrigue and the bitter rivalry between King Richard and Eleanor's youngest son, John, who has put his own machinations into motion as he tries to take the crown for himself in Richard's absence. In the meantime, Justin also investigates the murder of Melangell, a young Welsh girl used by (and most likely killed by) two privileged brothers whose status within their own family (the handsome and chosen firstborn versus the "black sheep") mirrors that of the royal brothers. Feeling an outsider's kinship with the dead Melangell, Justin becomes determined to bring her murderer to justice instead of allowing her life and death to be simply swallowed up by a London that is indifferent to its poor and foreign inhabitants.

While I found the overall mystery surrounding Melangell's murder rather pat with no surprises, it was an enjoyable read. Penman isn't a slave to historical detail; where many historical writers would find an excuse to weave in every bit of meaningless trivia gleaned from their research, Penman uses it judiciously to provide authenticity to the setting without overwhelming the reader. My understanding is that these are meant to be her "fun and fast" takes on history, so her more serious works may include much more historical detail if you're a fanatic for that type of read. For me, this was a fairly painless excursion into Medieval times.

Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder ( )
  snat | May 29, 2013 |
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