The abbey and the town of Shrewsbury clash in Ellis Peter's SAINT PETER'S FAIR. The town's people of Shrewsbury want a share of the profits from the trade fair conducted by the abbey, but this they are denied because of grant rights. Tempers are high and some young men seek to champion their elders by taking matters into their own hands.
Shortly after the brawl two merchant are killed, his niece is left without a guardian, and a desperate search ensues to find a message the man was presumed to have carried, which was to go to the supports of "Queen" Maud.
The leader of the young men could not have killed the merchants because he is in the jail. It is up to the good father to discover the fate of the message and protect the innocent.
One of the best in a fine medieval series.
Nash Black, author of SINS OF THE FATHERS.