The Beloved Dead Hardcover – Mar 10 2011
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“Medieval mystery fans and readers who enjoy Peter Tremayne, Cora Harrison, and Bernard Cornwell will love this.”—Library Journal, starred review on The Divine Sacrifice
“This heady concoction of suspense and legend will appeal to a broad cross-section of historical-fiction and whodunit fans.”—Booklist on The Divine Sacrifice
“Sure to appeal to fans of medieval intrigues and stirring battles.”—Kirkus Reviews on The Divine Sacrifice
“Political intrigue and ancient superstition loom large in this excellent mystery…History buffs as well as mystery fans will be amply rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Killing Way
About the Author
The Beloved Dead is Tony Hays’s third book in his much acclaimed Arthurian mystery series. Hays is a former journalist who has covered topics as varied as narcotics trafficking (earning his newspaper the Tennessee Press Association award for Public Service in 2000), political corruption, Civil War history, and the war on terror. He currently resides in Tennessee.
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I like books such as this one which describe a side of life from a time far distant from our own, yet with people that have not changed so much. In the time of Malgwyn, the strange new religion called Christianity is coming in to the great concerns of the druids. The murder victims are all young women, serial killer, or maybe these murders are because the gods are taking vengeance on the coming of the new faith. Perhaps it is simpler than that with the King’s enemies using this approach to try and get rid of Arthur.
It is a good mystery set in a different yet an interesting time.
Highly recommended for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Steven Saylor.
Two other women are assaulted and killed while Malgwyn is on the road. When he returns to Castellum Arturius, he learns his cousin Guinevere is the prime murder suspect and she has fled to a monastery having a difficult time accepting her beloved Arthur is marrying someone else.
The third superb Malgwyn fifth century whodunit (see The Killing Way and The Divine Sacrifice) is once again a fantastic historical tale that brings to life Britannia in a way in which readers will believe they are at Arthur's court along side the hero and Merlin. The whodunit is engaging and the reactions to the High King's betrothal enjoyable and insightful as Tony Hays captures the essence of the Arthurian mythos yet puts his spin on it (through Malgwyn). Besides the Camelot crow, with a strong sense of time and place, fans of the Sister Fidelma mysteries also will enjoy this brisk saga to the Arthurian mythology.