A Personal Devil: A Magdalene la Bâtarde Mystery

By Roberta Gellis
Read by Wanda McCaddon

The Magdalene la Bâtarde Mysteries: Book 2

10.78 Hours 01/01/2005 unabridged
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Roberta Gellis, the acclaimed author of The Roselynde Chronicles, is in top medieval form with this second tale of life—and death—in twelfth-century London. Magdalene la Bâtarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. Together with the handsome Sir Bellamy of Itchen, she solved the murder of Baldassare the Messenger, but this time the murder victim is none of Magdalene’s business. She is not in the least bit sorry to learn that Bertrild, the unpleasant wife of Master Mainard, is dead. Bertrild once accused Magdalene of corrupting her father and causing his death. In fact, Bertrild was insulting to most people, making threats and using terrible revelations as a weapon against those who would not bow down to her demanding ways. However, when it seems that Mainard will be charged with Bertrild’s murder—because no one accepts the oath of a whore that he is innocent—Magdalene decides to investigate. Fortunately, Sir Bellamy is back in London doing his master’s business. Unable to refuse Magdalene, he agrees to help her, and the two set out to solve the murder.

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Summary

Summary

Roberta Gellis, the acclaimed author of The Roselynde Chronicles, is in top medieval form with this second tale of life—and death—in twelfth-century London.

Magdalene la Bâtarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. Together with the handsome Sir Bellamy of Itchen, she solved the murder of Baldassare the Messenger, but this time the murder victim is none of Magdalene’s business.

She is not in the least bit sorry to learn that Bertrild, the unpleasant wife of Master Mainard, is dead. Bertrild once accused Magdalene of corrupting her father and causing his death. In fact, Bertrild was insulting to most people, making threats and using terrible revelations as a weapon against those who would not bow down to her demanding ways. However, when it seems that Mainard will be charged with Bertrild’s murder—because no one accepts the oath of a whore that he is innocent—Magdalene decides to investigate.

Fortunately, Sir Bellamy is back in London doing his master’s business. Unable to refuse Magdalene, he agrees to help her, and the two set out to solve the murder.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Extraordinary talent.” John Jakes, bestselling author of Charleston
“In addition to a well-crafted plot, moments of heart-stopping suspense, and a dramatic conclusion, the author provides poignant glimpses into the humanity of her characters, particularly the women of the guesthouse.” Publishers Weekly
“A Personal Devil is an excellent blend of historical romance and mystery, with both sides equally balanced. The character of Magdalene is exceptionally strong and vivid, bound to please those who love both genres of fictions.” Romantic Times
“Yet another authentically detailed medieval mystery featuring a proactive feminist as the detective.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Roberta Gellis

Roberta Gellis has master’s degrees in medieval literature and in biochemistry. She is the author of numerous novels and the recipient of many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberta Gellis lives on Long Island with her husband of more than fifty years and her Lakeland terrier, Taffy.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English