The seventh in the medieval crime series set in Hawkenlye in the Weald of Kent: 'Proof that a writer of medieval crime fiction can deliver something fresh' - The Times
The young beautiful Galena and her husband, the much older Ambrose are trying for a child but to no avail. When Josse d'Acquin tells her of the healing waters of Hawkenlye she is overjoyed and sets off with her escort. But she arrives alone. A few days later her husband, befuddled and unwell, arrives and within hours she dies in agony on the infirmary floor. On examination it appears she has been poisoned and that she was pregnant after all. Josse and Helewise are determined to solve the riddle of her death even if it leads themselves also into danger.
A worthy heir to Ellis Peters, though grittier, materialises - Poison in the Pen on FORTUNE LIKE THE MOON
Cunningly shifting sympathies among virtually all the players, Clare spotlights first Helewise, then Josse, in a detecting competition that lifts the partners above their predictable gender roles ... immersing them in a suddenly engrossing tale. - Kirkus Reviews
The fourth crime novel set in twelfth-century Kent reunites Abbesse Helewise and Richard the Lionheart's knight Josse d'Acquin in a rich and compelling mystery. Helewise sets off to visit Ely, uncovering not only a clever network of lies, but also, hidden in a burnt-out cottage, the horrific remains of a dead man . . . - Tangled-Web.co.uk