(From the publisher):
It is late summer in the year 1270 and England is as weary as its aging king, Henry III. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs like smoke over the land. In the small priory of Tyndal up on the remote East Anglian coast, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud, an unusual double house for the religious, long for a return to tranquil routine. Their hopes are dashed when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress. It's a political move, and not popular. Sister, Ruth, demoted, is resentful, as is the aging prior.
Eleanor's prayers for a peaceful transition are not answered. Only a day after she takes up her office, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a newly tonsured young priest, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. Brother Thomas comes with a commission - he's undercover to investigate the Order's shaky finances - and a lot of baggage. He's paying the price for a crime that could see him burn.
As Thomas battles to accept the drastic change in his life, Eleanor must not only struggle to gain the respect of her terrified and resentful flock, but also cope with violence, lust and greed as she searches for a vicious killer in a place dedicated to love and peace.
Original title: Wine of Violence
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical