The Saltergate Psalter

Chris Nickson. History/Mystery (IPG, dist.), $16.95 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-0-7509-6485-2
Sympathetic characters, a puzzling mystery, and plausible historical detail distinguish British author Nickson’s second novel featuring John the Carpenter (after 2014’s The Crooked Spire), set in Chesterfield, England, in 1361. John is looking forward to the birth of his first child and to a tranquil life centered on his family. But his past success in solving crimes leads the king’s coroner, de Harville, to seek his help when a wealthy local man, Master Timothy, is killed by a blow to the head. The obvious suspect is Timothy’s servant, Nicholas, who has disappeared. When John discovers Nicholas’s body buried in Timothy’s garden, it appears that the servant fell victim to the same killer. John also learns that a valuable psalter that Timothy owned has gone missing. As the bodies pile up, John’s investigation places his life in peril and causes friction with his wife, who fears for his safety. This solid, if unspectacular, whodunit will appeal to fans of Deryn Lake. Agent: Tina Betts, Andrew Mann (U.K.). (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/25/2016
Release date: 03/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
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