Praise for Mary Malloy's The Wandering Heart:
"An impressive fiction debut. . . . Malloy mixes history and fantasy with flair and delivers a wonderfully satisfying puzzler."—Publishers Weekly
"A fabulous thriller. . . . A modern psychological tale with strong implications of horror."—MBR The Bookwatch
"Mystery à la Gothic. . . . Historian Malloy does her research proud."—Mystery Scene
The second book in the Lizzie Manning trilogy. Following the path of a medieval pilgrimage, historian Lizzie Manning finds unexpected danger. Chaucer may have based his Wife of Bath on a real woman, whose descendant holds certain artifacts, but will the investigation lead to something more sinister? Are the bones of St. Thomas Becket, believed to have been destroyed nearly six hundred years ago, hidden in Canterbury Cathedral, and is someone willing to kill to protect the secret?
Mary Malloy is the author of four maritime history books, including Devil on the Deep Blue Sea, which won the 2006 John Lyman Book Award for best maritime biography. Her first historical mystery The Wandering Heart introduced historian Lizzie Manning. Malloy has a PhD from Brown University and teaches maritime history at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Museum Studies at Harvard University.
Malloy loads her less than suspenseful second Lizzie Manning mystery (after 2009's The Wandering Heart) with literary history, not all of which is relevant. British scholar Alison Kent has inherited a reliquary holding what are said to be the bones of St. Thomas Becket as well as the journal of an ancestor of hers known as "the Weaver," who might be the model for Chaucer's Wife of Bath. Too frail to make the journey herself, Alison hires American history professor Lizzie Manning to walk the pilgrimage route and glean further evidence for a scholarly publication. Lizzie is thrilled to find the Weaver's secret mark on artworks at key sites, but when she uncovers a generations-old conspiracy to hide and protect Becket's real bones, she puts both of their lives in peril. This unconventional mystery will most satisfy those who enjoy intellectual puzzles like Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time.