(From the publisher):
An overcast, rainy night in Cologne. A neighborhood is wrenched suddenly from its sleep by piercing screams. As residents rush down to the street, they catch only the merest glimpse of a figure in a billowing cloak hastening from the scene. The master cloth-maker is about to set off in hot pursuit when he finds on the ground a book, a pair of sleeves, shoes, a shirt and hose; and the body of Frederico Casall, a Master of the Seven Liberal Arts and an impassioned champion of the teachings of Thomas Aquinas...
"You separate everything that belongs together, yet you do not recognize what does not belong together. Solve this riddle and you will have come a little closer to him who has brought Cassel a little closer to Hell."
Frederico Casall certainly wasn't beloved; not by his students or his wife. But who would have hated him so much as to kill him? That is the mystery that Konrad Steiner, a Master in the Arrts faculty of a Scholarium in Cologne, Germany, must solve.
Discovering the identity of the murderer is a task made more complex by the fact that the murderer is leaving riddles for him to solve. Will the puzzles lead Steiner to the solution, or is the murderer mocking his ignorance? Could the murderer be a member of the faculty, an opponent of the philosophical tendency represented by Casall? Or is there any basis for the rumor that Casall's young and well-read wife, Sophie, might have had good reason to rid herself of him? Steiner finds himself confronted with a riddle that is more than philosophical when, shortly afterwards, Sophie vanishes without a trace...
Original title: Das Scholarium
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical