The 1066 via Derby
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The Normans are in town; beware, be careful or be dead…
An old wise woman of Derby is dead, and Brother Hermitage has been asked to deal with her.
Which means she must have been murdered; people only die of murder when Brother Hermitage is in town.
And if she was murdered, who on earth would do that to an old wise woman in her own hovel, for goodness sake?
The Norman soldiers camping just down the road? Quite likely.
The local people who seem to have good reason to hate her? Quite possibly.
Anyone who wanted to steal her ill-gotten gains? Quite feasibly.
Very well, quite a few people would want to kill an old wise woman in her own hovel, Brother Hermitage just has to work out which one. Can’t be hard, surely?
But this is Brother Hermitage, and the characters of Derby are being less than helpful – as well as pretty peculiar.
In The 1066 via Derby Brother Hermitage is once more disappointed by the moral standards of the average 11th Century killer.
Stumbling through a host of conclusions, one of which must be right, surely, and a small host of extra murders just for completeness, Hermitage uncovers crime of a truly despicable nature.
The guilty must face the consequences of their actions and pay the price – but that’s someone else’s business, Hermitage only does investigation.