Sharan Newman - The Difficult Saint - Little, Brown Book Group

The Difficult Saint

Number 6 in series

By Sharan Newman

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The sixth title in the Catherine LeVendeur series - ten mysteries set amid the rising political and religious unease of 12th century France. The bestselling US series available in the UK for the first time.

The young French scholar, Catherine LeVendeur, is rather pleased to see off her estranged younger sister, Agnes, through marriage to a German lord. Bitter about their religious differences, Agnes wants nothing to do with Catherine and happily sets off with her sizeable dowry and two knights in escort.

But soon one of the escorts returns with terrible news: Agnes' new husband appears to have been murdered, and Agnes is the prime suspect - accused of murder by poisoning, or worse, witchcraft.

In spite of their differences, Catherine believes in Agnes' innocence, and pledges to do everything she can to save her sister. But when Catherine and her family travel to Germany to begin investigating, amongst a dangerously volatile religious climate, it becomes clear that their long-dreamt-of peaceful life remains in the distant future - if they live to see it.

Biographical Notes

Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. After taking her Master's degree in
Medieval Literature at Michigan State University, she completed her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specialising in 12th century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific. She lives in Oregon.

Visit Sharan's website at: www.sharannewman.com

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  • ISBN: 9781405526340
  • Publication date: 25 Apr 2013
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Breathtakingly exciting and full of mystery and adventure — Los Angeles Times
Sharan Newman will change the way you think about the Middle Ages. Her Catherine LeVendeur series brings the twelfth century to life with compassion, intelligence, and wit, in tales rich with detail and unforgettable characters. Newman delivers an outstanding mystery in each and every book. This series is not to be missed! — Jan Burke
Newman skilfully depicts historical figures and issues in a very different age, one in which piety and great beauty coexist with cruelty — Publishers Weekly
Newman provides her audience with a multifaceted jewel of a historical mystery that is filled with fascinating details that bring the twelfth century to life. — Booklist
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