The Butcher Bird

The Butcher Bird

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Oswald de Lacey is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. The Black Death changed many things, and just as it took away his father and elder brothers, leaving Oswald to be recalled from the monastery where he expected to spend his life, so it has taken many of his villagers and servants. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the farms and fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more - something the King himself has forbidden. Just as anger begins to spread, the story of the Butcher Bird takes flight. People claim to have witnessed a huge creature in the skies. A new-born baby is found impaled on a thorn bush. And then more children disappear. Convinced the bird is just a superstitious rumour, Oswald must discover what is really happening. He can expect no help from his snobbish mother and his scheming sister Clemence, who is determined to protect her own child, but happy to neglect her step-daughters. From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald's journey is full of danger, dark intrigue and shocking revelations.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781605989815
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SYKES 2016
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 16, 2016

I enjoyed the who dun it --it had twists and turns not expected. The point of view is the lord of the manor, this is well done. My complaints are that at times the characters are too politically correct and speak at times with modern isms. One historical in accuracy is that port was not around during this time period, that is sloppy editing and left me not believing...


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