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London, 1471. The War of the Roses rages on.
Edward of York has claimed the English throne and his Yorkist supporters gleefully slaughter their adversaries; there's no mercy for anyone who supported the Lancastrian cause.
Margaret Beaufort - mother of Henry Tudor, the only hope for the House of Lancaster - knows her enemies are closing in. Desperate for help she turns to Christopher Urswicke for protection. But when ruthless scheming and pitiless killings are the only routes to survival, Urswicke will have to choose where his loyalties truly lie.
Christopher Urswicke, the protagonist of this middling series launch set in 1471 from Doherty (the Brother Athelstan mysteries), serves Margaret Beaufort, the mother of the future Henry VII, as her "personal clerk and leading henchman." What starts as straight historical fiction, chronicling the House of York's bloody path to power during the Wars of the Roses, eventually becomes a whodunit when Urswicke learns that four men were fatally stabbed in a locked room in a London tavern. When suspicion falls on his mistress, Urswicke has a strong incentive to identify the murderer or murderers. A narrative that treats the mystery as an afterthought, coupled with a surfeit of explicit violence ("The victim was no longer a man, just a sodding heap of gore") and a solution that's not one of this prolific author's most ingenious, makes this a lesser effort. The innovative setting offers hope that future entries will be more successful.