I did it! I finally finished the fourth (and so far, final) book in Penman’s Justin de Quincy series. I don’t know how she does it. Every book in the series has a creative, new mystery that features another facet of the story of Richard Lionheart and his rival/brother John.
In this book, Justin de Quincy is called to France to help the very person he dislikes, the enemy of his King – John. Surprisingly, de Quincy realizes that he should lend his assistance here, because the plot he is called to unearth would harm the king as well as his brother.
I love how Penman presents a well-researched work of historical fiction, wrapped around a fictional mystery. She portrays characters that are charming and a narrative that is engrossing.
Now I just have to find time to squeeze in Ransom, the sequel to Penman’s wonderful work about King Richard.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006