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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Fortune Like the Moon (A Hawkenlye Mystery#1)
  • Alys Clare
  • English
  • 14 January 2018
  • 9780312976323

10 thoughts on “Fortune Like the Moon (A Hawkenlye Mystery#1)

  1. says:

    A new series to me I thoroughly enjoyed reading no 1 in which a knight of King Richard I has to solve than one murder in the convent of Hawkenlye I love the humour and the way I learned about Richard I, the Lionheart and his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine.


  2. says:

    Perhaps some of you might well claim that I should not even be rating and reviewing Alys Clare s Fortune Like the Moon the first of the author s Hawkenlye mysteries , and with only one star at that, since I in fact stopped reading rather early on basically very soon after I began to notice that much of Fortune Like the Moon is not really what I would personally consider a historical mystery setting but rather strangely New Age in content, with seemingly information and details on what I would tend to label as modern pagan traditions and lore than historical reality However, for me, if I start a novel or any book for that matter and cannot finish it, I will indeed generally always both post a negative review and a one or perhaps rarely a two star ranking for yes, it is only very rarely that I do dump a book, there are ALWAYS very good reasons why I would choose to do this, and indeed, these reasons should in my opinion also be presented and shown in both my review and with a negative star ranking Therefore, while I do in Fortune Like The Moon find both Josse d Acquin and Hawkenlye s Abbess Helwise interestingly and positively conceptualised as characters, as individuals, and have also found some if not perhaps even a goodly number of Alys Clare s descriptions and verbal snapshots of Mediaeval England textually rich and intruiging, the to and for me ridiculously modern Wiccan and New Age inclusions in Fortune Like the Moon the Forest People with their goddess worship and magic have not only totally ruined for me with these in my opinion strangely fantatstical anachronisms what might have been the start of a new and interesting, readable historical mystery series, this has also made me realise that there is no way I would care to continue with either Fortune Like the Moon or with the rest of the Hawkenlye novels For honestly, Ms Clare, if I wanted to read a Neo Pagan, Wiccan or New Age infused novel, I would choose a fantasy and NOT a historical mystery as for me, historical mysteries should first and foremost feel reaslistic and to and for me, this has certainly not been the case with Fortune Like the Moon.


  3. says:

    FORTUNE LIKE THE MOON Historical Mystery England 1100s G Clare, Ayls 1st in seriesHodder Stoughton, 1999 Hardcover Josse d Acquin has been sent, by King Richard Plantagenet, to Hawkenlye Abbey Hawkenlye was designed by Richard s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and is run by a woman, the Abbess Helewise Richard, at the decision of this Mother, had all prisoners released in celebration of Richard s coronation Now a young nun has been brutally murdered and Josee is sent to find the killer and do damage control should the killer be one of the released prisoners Clare clearly knows her history and embedded it in the story in a way that is fascinating, but not distracting The dialogue is very well done, not written in the vernacular of the time but with the influence in its cadence Josse and Abbess Helewise are interesting characters although we don t learn a lot about them There are plenty of twists and turns to the story but my biggest quibble is the manner of the victim s death it s a bit implausible I very much enjoyed the book and shall definitely continue on with the series.


  4. says:

    Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsFirst story in the series was ok, but can t hold a candle to Brother Cadfael.


  5. says:

    Delightful, light medieval mystery Set in the time of Richard I of England.Two nuns in Abbess Helenwise s abbey of Hawkenlye are murdered under mysterious circumstances Helenwise and the French knight, Sir Josse d Acquin, team up to solve the crimes They hope to prove that criminals set free under an amnesty did not kill these women Very unexpected twists at the end A fast read This novel whetted my appetite for in the series.


  6. says:

    Fortune Like the Moon is set in southern England the Weald, to be precise in the 1180s Richard Plantagenet, soon to be crowned Richard I, has tried to buy a little popularity with his subjects by a mass release of prisoners, but when a nun is murdered at Hawkenlye Abbey he is afraid his gesture will backfire He sends a knight, Sir Josse d Acquin, to investigate and hopefully show it wasn t one of the released prisoners who committed the deed.Sir Josse is a veteran soldier, one of those quiet, observant, self contained types and quite appealing as a central character He teams up with the abbess, another veteran of life, to solve the mystery They make a wonderful pair, and clearly esteem each other, possibly to the point of unseemliness, though any attraction is kept latent There are other cleanly drawn characters, and a mystery that is not too mysterious but was interesting for me nonetheless because of the interest I took in the dramatics personae The politics of the day are ably depicted, and my best girl Eleanor of Aquitaine gets a cameo.The book is capably written without either excessive period language or excessive anachronisms I liked it a lot and will read by Alys Clare.


  7. says:

    This really might have been a 3.5 star read, but I ve rounded it up because I learned a lot of history I ve learned that Richard I was basically French and his mother was Eleanor Aquitaine It is set than 100 years after William the conqueror conquered and the Crusades were happening I ve read several medieval mystery series, but they have generally been set a couple of centuries later So I may read one or two of the series to see if the history stays interesting


  8. says:

    Plus une enqu te polici re sur deux crimes myst rieux qu une r elle plong e dans le royaume du tout nouveau roi d Angleterre Richard I Par contre, une belle analyse psychologique un peu dans le style d Agatha Christie des protagonistes et la rencontre de deux fortes intelligences le fran ais Josse d Acquin et l abbesse Helewise Un nouveau couple suivre si l auteur arrive renouveler ses intrigues dans d autres directions que les probl mes affectifs qui, inutile de me rappeler, sont parmi les ressorts les plus utilis s dans les enqu tes polici res Dans ce premier tome, une question reste sans r ponse, quelle est cette apparition druidique que Milon croise dans la for t Je suivrai la s rie More a criminal investigation on two mysterious crimes than a real dive in the kingdom of quite new king of England, Richard I But, a beautiful psychological analysis of the protagonists a little in the style of Agatha Christie and the first meeting of two strong minds French Josse d Acquin and the abbess Helewise A new couple to be followed if the author manages to renew her intrigues in other directions that the emotional problems which, useless to call it back to me, are the most used strings in criminal investigationsit s well written but lacks of historical descriptions that could be a good point for such readers who don t love to much descriptions and prefer good fast stories In this first volume, a question stays without answer what is this Druidic appearance which Milon crosses in the forest


  9. says:

    I m not a history buff Every once in awhile I read reviews about an historical fiction book full of anachronisms, followed by a list of things about how a certain paper making technique was not invented until 100 years later, or a model of gun was only issued to French soldiers 20 years after the Mexican main character had supposedly used that model in a duel Okay, so probably authors could have done slightly better research But generally it didn t detract from my reading of the book.Then there s this book As I said, I m not a history buff, but I do expect at least an attempt to make the characters sound like they live in a different time setting.This book starts out with a nun being murdered and presumably raped King Richard sends someone from his court to investigate Okay, I can work with that.After reading a scene in the village inn where the locals were tossing around the word rape like they were passing a bowl of MMs, followed by a scene where one of the nuns said she noticed the victim s hymen was still intact, therefore she couldn t have been raped, followed by her saying something along the lines of I m a midwife I ve seen vaginas than you ve had hot meals when someone expressed doubt about her observation, I decided to do a little research.In case anyone is curious, according to a website I found, the word rape originated in the late 14th century The word hymen originated in the 16th century The word vagina in the 17th century And I don t think I will be finishing this book.


  10. says:

    With so many books currently to read, i m finding it ever difficult to force myself to read a book that doesn t immediately grab me in one way or another I m finding this particularly a problem when it comes to historical mysteries a genre I love dearly, however have recently been finding that some of its popular and prolific authors are somewhat less than satisfactory.A chapter and a half in to this book and it has still done little beyond exposition, characterisation has been minimal at best, and the author s voice simply fails to interest me in the slightest With so many other books unread, including several by Candace Robb and Ellis Peters, it s unlikely I will return to Alys anytime soon.


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About the Author: Alys Clare

Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a remote cottage deep in an ancient landscape where many past inhabitants have left their mark on her doorstep are relics that date from the stone circles and dolmens of the Neolithic to the commanderies, chapels and ancient tracks of those infamous warrior monks, the Knights Templar In England, Alys s study overlooks a stretch of parkland which includes a valley with a little spring The waters of this spring are similar in colour and taste to Tunbridge Wells s famous Chalybeat Spring, and it was this that prompted Alys s setting of her fictional Hawkenlye Abbey in the very spot where her own house now stands.