Nominated for an Edgar Award for best first mystery novel.
Epiphany, 1193: The road out of Winchester was hidden by snow, and Justin de Quincy
making slow progress when he heard the first faint shout. It came again, louder and
clearer, a cry for help. Spurring his stallion, de Quincy raced toward the source. But he
was already too late. As the two assailants fled, de Quincy cradled the dying man, trying
to make out his whispered words, "They did not get it," he rasped.
me. You must deliver this letter to her. To the queen."
Eleanor of Aquitaine sits upon England's throne. At seventy, she has outlived the
husband who once imprisoned her. But has she also outlived her much-loved eldest son,
Richard Lionheart, England's king--missing these past two months? Only Eleanor's fierce
will can keep her youngest son, John, from seizing the crown. Only a letter, spattered
with the blood of a dying man murdered on the Winchester road, can tell her if Richard
"Penman is a superb storyteller."
"Once you enter Penman's world, you're hooked." "Energetic and adroitly plotted. ..Justin is so beguiling, and
action so lively and unpredictable, that readers will cheer Justin's return in further
"Well researched, credibly plotted, realistically detailed, and undeniably
"A glowing, living tapestry. This is storytelling at its finest."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Full of swordplay, bawdy byplay, and derring-do, THE QUEEN'S MAN is a full-bodied historical romp, steeped in period detail."
--The Houston Chronicle
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