A Swarming of Bees

A Swarming of Bees

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"A herbwife on a mule may go where warriors cannot - she may see what warriors cannot see and hear what warriors cannot hear!"

The Monastery at Whitby is ruled over by the powerful and independent Abbess Hild. But when she needs someone to confide in, she turns to the honest warmth of her friend Fridgyth, the half-pagan herb-wife. A divisive and life-altering decision taken at the Great Synod is swiftly overshadowed as the monastery is ravaged by a deadly plague. As she tends the sick, Fridgyth starts to suspect that not all the deaths are natural. Despite Hild's stern warnings "not to meddle" she sets out to investigate.

Can Fridgyth's wisdom and intuition unmask the murderer and unravel the dark politics surrounding the deaths and clandestine arrival of two young scholars? A SWARMING OF BEES is an absorbing and richly atmospheric murder mystery. Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 16.76mm | 322.05g
  • Acorn Digital Press
  • Bromley, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 190912222X
  • 9781909122222
  • 656,587

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630 ratings
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This book was ok, I read my way through it as I enjoy this period of history and thought the plot sounded interesting. The Herb-wife in a Northumbrian monastry who is supposed to be able to go anywhere un-noticed and find who-ever is poisoning the community, but it was very slow and predictable. I kept waiting for the plot to pick up and give me some of the religous and political oomph that these times possessed, but it didn't really do that. There was a little excitement with the plague wiping out whole swathes of the country, but that was really as good as it got, left me wanting more in depth content.show more
by Penny Cunningham
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