Sharon Kay Penman is my favorite author when it comes to historical fiction, and she wrote a four book mystery series that combines an exciting fictional mystery with her expertise on English history. Dragon’s Lair is the third book in the Justin de Quincy mystery series. As the Queen’s man (the Queen being Eleanor of Aquitaine), de Quincy is on a mission to Wales to find the missing ransom meant to free King Richard from his captors.
Those familiar with Penman’s Here be Dragons will be pleased to reacquaint themselves with Llywelyn the Great as he plays a key role in this mystery. The story is exciting, and Penman creates characters that are memorable.
While I have enjoyed the first three mysteries, Dragon’s Lair is my favorite. I can’t wait to find out what new adventure Justin de Quincy will embark upon in the next book, Prince of Darkness!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2003