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A Mortal Bane summary A Mortal Bane, series A Mortal Bane, book A Mortal Bane, pdf A Mortal Bane, A Mortal Bane a4f89cc568 Roberta Gellis, Acclaimed Author Of The Roselynde Chronicles, Brings Medieval London To Life And Death With Her Latest Tale Of Splendor And Squalor Magdalene La Batarde Is The Madam Of The Old Priory Guesthouse In Southwark She And Her Women Are Expected To Engage In A Number Of Sinful Delights, But Bloody Murder Isn T One Of Them Until Baldassare, The Messenger, DiesThough Baldassare Wasn T A Regular Client Of The Old Priory Guesthouse, Magdalene And Her Women Refuse To Allow His Death To Go Unavenged Of Course, Their Efforts Aren T Completely Altruistic Chances Are If They Don T Find The Killer, They Will Be Assumed Guilty Because They Are Whores, And They Will Be Gutted And HangedInto This Sea Of Intrigue Steps The Handsome Sir Bellamy Of Itchen The Bishop Of Winchester, Who Was Served For Many Years By Baldassare, Orders Bellamy, His Most Trusted Knight, To Investigate The Murder And Tells Him That Magdalene Has Been Accused Of The Crime Bellamy Is Instantly Captivated By His Chief Suspect But Is Also Convinced That She Is Hiding Something Sure That She Is Involved In The Messenger S Death Right Up To Her Beautiful Eyebrows But Unable To Believe She S A Killer, Bellamy Must Find Out How And Why Baldassare Died Or Watch The Mysterious Magdalene Meet Her Fate On The Gallows


10 thoughts on “A Mortal Bane

  1. says:

    The only other book I ve read by Roberta Gellis is Alinor which I would have given 4.5 stars to if I had bothered to put it in my Goodreads library This book wasn t as good I still liked it but it didn t pull me along with its own momentum Roberta Gellis is very good at painting a picture of life in the medieval world Unfortunately, I was not entralled with all the church political intrigue and had a hard time keeping track of all the bishops, archbishops and other men in positions of power Once again I m so very grateful to have not been born a woman in those times In fact, I don t think I d want to have been a man either Gellis is strong on characterization and that is what kept me reading the book I was interested in Magdalene and the women of her whorehouse and the various monks and other people populating the story.


  2. says:

    As you probably already know I am one of those people who thinks Roberta Gellis cannot write a bad book, some less good yes but never a bad one I am glad to report then that I really loved reading A Mortal Bane and it definetely joins the group of her good books.It is a medieval murder mystery set in a whorehouse located in an old priory that the Bishop of London has let to Magdalene La Batarde Magdalene was once a whore herself but now she just controls the business, checks that everything is in order for her guests who come and visit her women All of the women have some disability, one is deaf, another is blind and so on Madalene provides them with a ceiling and they all seem reasonably happy with their lot But one day one of their visitors is murdered in the church next door Magdalene just knows that the whores will be the first ones to be blamed so she decides to conduct a private investigation When the victim is revealed as a papal messenger even the Bishop of London is called upon to discover the culprit.I really enjoyed reading about these people, Magdalene was a bit reserved at first and we get to know her better as the action progresses The whores are treated superficially and we don t know all of them all that well although I suppose that can happen in future books Sir Bellamy of Itchem is the Bishop of London man, charged with investigating the crime he starts to feel a bit jealous of the visits to Magdalene s house till he discovers she only manages the business And there s also William of Ypres, Stephen s man in the war against Matilda which gives us a glimpse of the politics of the period, he is also Magdalene s protector which pleases Bellamy a bit less The characters were interesting and engaging and I couldn t wait to find out what happened next.I have no idea if whores could rent from the church but I think Gellis wrote a compelling story that seemed to me with a believable medieval atmosphere The morals of the time, from church members and otherwise are called into question and there are several twists and turns before the culprit is finally found As a whole a really interesting story I will be looking forward to read the next books in the series.Grade 4 5


  3. says:

    I had very mixed feelings about this book On one hand, I thought it was a marvelous mystery plot, well designed and captivating to the end The romantic element between Magdalene La Batarde and Sir Bellamy was good, and generally the historical setting in 1139 London with the political intrigues of church and king thrown in seemed fairly believable On the other hand, I was put off by the central idea that the main character was the madam of a brothel, unrealistically housed in a building literally outside the back gate of a priory, and by the intermittent references to her women servicing their clients That wasn t terribly graphic, but still disturbing.I enjoy some good historical novels, such as the Brother Cadfael stories by Ellis Peters and the Candace Robb medieval Owen Archer stories Ms Gellis Magdalene La Batarde novels have been compared favorably to the Brother Cadfael tales, but I think Ellis Peter s stories are far superior, and certainly Brother Cadfael has higher moral standards.Although I enjoy a little romance in a story the way people become attracted to each other and how they deal with it, I m not an avid romance genre fan Roberta Gellis has established a reputation as a much loved romance story writer In reading reviews, I found that many people LOVE this series, too I got a little tired of Magdalene repeating her report of events to others sometimes artfully avoiding the complete truth and other times outright lying The reader already knows what she knows, so it was tedious to read it all again and again There were a number of historical characters referred to in long speculations about political and church intrigue that became rather confusing because the people were sometimes referred to by name, and sometimes by title, and generally not even appearing in the action of the story I found myself impatient to get on with the resolution of the mystery It seemed that the writer worked very hard to convince the reader that the brothel was clean, safe, happy and respectable, but I was not won over And so, although I appreciate the well crafted mystery, I will not be reading any of Roberta Gellis works.


  4. says:

    This was one of the library s giveaways, so as I tend to enjoy mysteries and medieval history, I gave it a try.Overall, I found it readable but nothing special I enjoyed the choice of a high class brothel as setting, though I was decidedly skeptical of the disabilities one blind, one mute, one simple whore, plus a deaf maid The bit of romance between the madam and the bishop s detective knight was certainly formulaic mildly cute but not interesting and I had trouble keeping track of the various political and ecclesiastical characters despite my being reasonably familiar with medieval Britain I also found it very strange that in a story set 100 or so years after the Norman Conquest, there was really no acknowledgement of the Saxon vs Norman tensions, linguistic issues, etc The maid spoke a dialect that I suppose was intended to represent Old English but apparently everyone else must have conversed in French, which again was a bit hard to believe.


  5. says:

    A good three, this, or a 3.5, though for the first few chapters the writer seems to be obsessed with hair A nice change from the usual mediaeval monks and nuns whodunnits some of which are splendidly done, but some of which are a little overdone , though not too far from them, either The concept of a high class whorehouse with liberated feminine minds in charge is perhaps a little familiar, too, but this is well handled and enjoyable, and as it s the first of a series I d also say it s promising I sometimes found some of the characters difficult to distinguish, but maybe I m just getting old


  6. says:

    I enjoyed this and probably for all the wrong reasons since I don t think I was supposed to find what I thought was funny as, well, funny I just couldn t stop cracking up about hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and think no evil as whores The characters were a bit too cartoonish for me BUT the mystery itself was very well done, very well done indeed This was a great light bit of fun for a long commute and gadzooks methinks I may listen to 2


  7. says:

    As the book started, I was really unsure that I was going to like it It had a tone that just felt very cliche romance novel y.But it got much better quickly, and ended up being very interesting and believable enough mysteries just have to be believable ENOUGH The motivations felt right, and I think that s one of the hardest things to do right in fiction Enjoyed.


  8. says:

    If I had any notion that working being in a whorehouse was romantic or could be, this book might have elicited some positive thoughts on it Alas, I have never thought this and could not get past how ridiculous the story was But finished it because I hate to leave it undone.


  9. says:

    good setting 1100 s brothel protagonist madame


  10. says:

    Welcome to the first novel in a set on a par with Ellis Peters Cadfael series Brilliant dialogue and sense of place but with considerably sweat, tears, and sex.


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