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10 thoughts on “Hangman Blind

  1. says:

    Meh This sort of stank I love historical mysteries, but this was basically a copycat of Ariana Franklin s Mistress of the Art of Death, but not so masterfully It needed a much better copyeditor, which is kind of inexcusable, and she does a poor job of giving the reader a window into the political climate of the time, which is obviously central to her planned series She just dumps you right in the middle of a lot of confusing detail, and normally I am the type to run straight to Wikipedia and learn a whole lot of history, but I like to be given a lead in through the fiction, and she just doesn t untangle it at all She uses much too much arcane language and again, I m the type to look up everything I don t know, and I love learning this way, but she goes so overboard, I didn t want to bother Oh, and the mystery the whole basis of the book is too tangled and uninteresting and never really resolves in any truly satisfying way.In short, read the synopsis, and if the plot appeals to you, pick up Ariana Franklin instead.


  2. says:

    It seems to me, in my limited understanding, that there are two types of crime books one where the crime is massively interesting and well worked out and you really couldn t see the answers coming a mile away and you become engrossed in clues, and the other type, where everything is obvious, but you love the characters and the atmosphere so much that you don t care.This book succeeds in neither of these categories Don t get me wrong, it s fine The period detail seemed to be mostly well observed it rained all the time, is what I m saying here I get the impression from actual history books that it genuinely did rain all the time in 14th century England , and the story is competently paced I also liked the fact that the writer eschewed the normal conventions of period dialog and just had people speak in fairly normal sentences But although the cast had attributes, I never felt they had any real character Would I read another one Probably not, unless someone could assure me that they got an awful lot better.


  3. says:

    So so But I don t understand how a nun could travel by herself, even with her dogs I thought they had to travel in pairs.


  4. says:

    The author refers to a flock of carrion and seems to think carrion is a synonym for crows The woods were bristling with the sound of falling water His body was not yet fixed in the rigour of death and she was able to prise his fingers apart one by one Giving up what had been grasped so fiercely at hte moment of death, his fingers softly opened These things do not make sense They really don t I bailed out early.


  5. says:

    I do love stepping back in time, especially through the safety of a looking glass that is my book The sights and smells enthrall me The desperation and brutality horrify me This tale was no less thought provoking and entertaining than other medieval murder mysteries I ve read I did find it hard to finish though and stay with the story It was a bit dry and slow paced although there always seemed to be something going on I m a huge fan of The Mistress of the Art of Death Mistress of the Art of Death And I may compare other Medieval tales to the detailed, intriguing world of Adelia Aguilar I started reading this story, Hangman Blind, because I was seduced by the cover and title of book 3 in the series, The Law of Angels, The Law of Angels and so wanted to read it But knew I must start with book 1 We shall see what book 2 holds The Red Velvet Turnshoe


  6. says:

    This is a promising start to a medieval series about a Sister Hildegard, a former lay person who travels from the the Abbey of Meaux to seek property she can purchase to form her own abbey Along the way the Sister discovers a group of men killed in a setting similar to the execution site of a town although not near a town and a sixth body further away It is but the first in a series of murderous incidents.Well written but a little confusing why is Hildegard consulted on any of the things that happen She has skills with medicine but no identified skills in detection or law unlike Peter Tremayne s Sister Fidelma and in this time period and local, few have respect for the habit or religion she represents therefore how she discovers what she does alone were they allowed to travel alone as much as Hildegard does makes it a bit hard to believe.Author Clark also doesn t quite explain the time period I think it would have been wise for her to have put at least a paragraph at the beginning to set out the period, the major players and politics to the reader so that it was easier to understand while getting into the mystery and story itself.That said, perhaps there is further development of the main character and the time period in her second book The book starts slowly, but gets better the further into the story the reader gets I didn t fall in love with the book but never considered putting it down either Overall, it was satisfying and enjoyable.


  7. says:

    I really wanted to like this book It takes place in the 14th century I love historical fiction and has a strong female protagonist As it turned out, I did like it, just not that much Sad to say, it was because of my laziness The book was full of archaic words that I should have looked up, but didn t, so I just skipped over them Additionally, much of the plot was based on historical events that were not explained very well but referred to often the rivalry between Pope Urban in Rome and Pope Clement in Avignon, the shaky rule of Richard, King of England, and the uprising led by Wat Tyler I needed an appendix explaining all the terms and people associated with these men When I finished the book, I still had no idea who supported who Just because you say someone is a Cistercian doesn t mean I know what pope they support.That being said, it was still interesting to read a bit about how life was pretty awful in those days.


  8. says:

    I bought this book for the simple reason that, having won the second in the series from a Goodreads Giveaway, I felt it would be much fairer to read this first book first.The story of Hangman Blind is set in Yorkshire, which I know a little about, at a time I know not much about at all I had heard of the Peasants Revolt, John Wyclif and Wat Tyler, but only briefly in passing I m not generally interested in politics, so I wasn t sure whether this tale was going to be my cup of tea after all.It begins in awful weather Wet, cold, miserable weather which I could sympathise with because it was written so well that I could almost feel the rain trickling down my own neck as I read There s a lot of wet weather in this book, and it s clear that the writer is familiar with the unpleasantness of it.The characters are well written Even comparatively minor characters are given enough background and history to make you feel you know them, and the solid players are made real with personalities from which they rarely diverge, except when a little subtlety or an air of mystery is called for One interesting feature is that almost nobody is all bad Whatever their misdeeds and there are quite a number of misdeeds in this book they have redeeming features and reason behind their actions, so that those who have the care of soul and or body feel sorrow rather than anger when they fall off the straight and narrow.The story is densely written, packed with fact and incident, and carries you along on a breathless, twisting road of murders, births, feasting, following, jousting, spying and dancing, to a denouement which I must confess I was slightly thrown by Although I had guessed some of the answers by that time, there were mysteries still to be solved or proven, and one particular chapter seemed to be throwing out confessions and solutions in every other line The impression, after a number of tense chapters of suspense, was suddenly quite comic, but I believe it was a way of indicating the relief felt by the characters when their own particular worries and fears were eased and all was about to become well again.I find it hard to give a rating to this book I enjoyed it very much, and am in awe of the fantastic amount of research work which has obviously gone into it I would love to give it four and three quarter stars, I think, but that isn t possible On the other hand, if I give it five, that might put off those potential readers who are always suspicious of perfect scores Can I manage a 5 minus No, it deserves five stars, and shall have them.I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted and well written tale from a time so far removed from ours, but I m not going to give away any of the story because I don t believe in spoilers Well done, Cassandra Clark Oh, by the way I hope to start reading the second book in a day or two, and I have already bought the third I look forward to renewing my acquaintance with Hildegard and, perhaps, her hounds.


  9. says:

    In November of 1382 Hildegard is dispatched from the priory of Swyne to the city of York with a letter for its archbishop and a mission to try and secure permission to establish a priory of her own In the forest between York and the abbey of Meaux she stumbles across five corpses hanging on a gibbet and then another body a young man brutally murdered, his throat cut, stomach slashed and guts spilled It is just over a year since the Peasant s Rebellion and its brutal aftermath, so the fact that the dead man wears a badge of the White Hart an emblem of King Richard II presents a number of interesting, and frightening, possibilities.Or it would if that tantalizing hint of political intrigue was followed up And it was not the only such detail left hanging The late 14th century was a time of immense social and political turmoil throughout Europe The Peasant s Rebellion had created an unsettled environment in England between the young king and his royal uncles Rival popes sit in Rome and Avignon And the King of France is a minor who is entirely under the thumb of the powerful Duke of Burgundy, who has ambitions to expand his power at the expense of both France and England All this could make for a brilliant medieval mystery thriller, if it wasn t brutally shoved aside to focus on the petty and mundane domestic troubles of the household of Roger de Hutton.And the petty and domestic troubles pile up rapidly, but not in any sort of wow what s going to happen next sort of way More like the author thinking I ll toss in all these extra details for no other purpose than to up the word count and then throwing everything like cooked spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks An attempted poisoning, a murdered maidservant, a missing midwife, a mysterious fire, a kidnapping, a runaway wet nurse, another attempted poisoning etc., etc Any real mystery quickly gets buried under an avalanche of blind alleys and loose threads, not all of which tie together by the time you slog through the whole mess, so you re left with nothing but an anti climactic resolution.I d like to think that all the possibilities of political intrigue and issues that were laid down in the early pages of this book get explored further as the series progresses, but not enough to pick up the next one Pass.


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