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The Difficult Saint A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery Catherine LeVendeurDe will repeat itself victimizing members of her family but before she can put too much thought into that fate interruptsCatherine's estranged younger sister Agnes has returned to Paris with the news that she has been promised in marriage to a German lord Bitter about their religious differences Agnes wants no part of Catherine or Hubert except for the sizable dowry that Hubert can provide When Catherine and Hubert arrange for Agnes to be escorted to Germany with her dowry they assume that they have seen the last of herBut then one of Agnes's escorts returns to Paris with terrib. This was a decent solidly written mystery with an interesting historical context this time a trip from France into Germany while Louis VII is ramping up for a Crusade but I felt it wasn't one of the best Catherine LeVendeur books I've never been entirely sold on the large number of viewpoints in these books and in this one particularly I felt that Catherine's voice had been lost in the multitude One or two of the new characters seemed hurriedly developed as wellThe central mystery plot itself was fine although the reader's knowing so much than the sleuths makes for less exciting revelations Some of the later character in peril parts were much gripping The violence that has been brewing in the Europe these books depict was vividly and disturbingly portrayed although it would be hard put to be uite so grim and bloody as Cursed in the Blood the previous book in the series I was satisfied with some of the ongoing character arcs and conflicts that resolved here although there were some unanswered uestions especially about Catherine's reaction to eventsNotes on audiobook narration This book had a different reader than the others I've listened to and I really didn't enjoy the change The French names are no longer given a French pronunciation in French you know Agnes sounds uite beautiful and the narration is rather monotonic Some dialogue was whispered so softly in comparison to the other lines and narration as to be inaudible and many characters including our heroine sounded inappropriately petulant

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In The Difficult Saint Sharan Newman returns to medieval France and the murder haunted Catherine LeVendeur heroine of this acclaimed series After a harrowing stay with Catherine's in laws in Scotland Catherine and her husband Edgar have returned home with their two small children to live a life of peace at last or so they hope But soon the safety of those they love is uestioned as anti Jewish sentiment begins to grow in Paris Raised Catholic by her father Hubert who poses as a Christian while practicing Judaism in secret Catherine fears that the violence of the most recent crusa. This review has been edited to include the following message from the author I emailed her asking which character in the novel was the Difficult Saint Here is her reply Dear Curious; The title was taken from my friend Brian McGuire's biography of Bernard of Clairvaux but I meant it to be Lord Gerhardt for being a Cathar saint something highly heretical Thanks for asking SharanThe following is my origianl reviewThe setting for this historical novel is northeast France and northwest Germany and takes place in the mid 12th century The politics of the time are centered around the initial organizing for the Second Crusade Many Europeans are euipping themselves for the planned crusade and some people resent the fact that Jewish merchants are profiting from sales of supplies to the crusaders The fictional main characters of the story are centered around a nominally Christian family of mixed Jewish ancestry a fact they try to keep a secret The historical environment described in this story is well researched by an author who is well ualified in the subject of medieval history At a superficial level this book is a murder mystery But for me the suspense of pending danger from anti Jewish pogroms was scary than the need to solve the murder mystery in order to save the falsely accused sister of the heroine There's even a secret group of heretics Cathars in the story that has some appearances of being a proto Protestant group Of course Protestants and Anabaptists appeared hundreds of years later in the 16th Century however this description of 12th Century society is a reminder that each age had its dissidents So the feature of this book that I appreciated most was how it served as a window into a historical time often overlooked by writers of historical novels This book is fifth in a series of ten books in the Catherine LeVendeur series written by Sharan Newman A complete list of the books in this series is listed at the end of this reviewThere was an After Word included at the end of the book that explains which parts of the story were historical and which parts were fictional I was suprised to learn that some of the incidents in the book that I had assumed were the writer's imagination were actually based on historical records In particular there is an incident of a poor washer woman saving the life of a young girl left for dead by an anti Jewish mob that I found to be particularly dramatic and it turns out to have been based on historical documents of that timeHéloïse of Abélard and Héloïse fame and her son Astrolabius play side roles in the early part of this novel At the time of this story Héloïse is prioress of the convent of Argenteuil and Abélard is no longer living Bernard of Clairvaux is another historical character who plays a significant role in the story Bernard was an opponent of Peter Abelard in earlier years but in this story he is an older man speaking in support of the 2nd Crusade Bernard's effort at silencing the fanatical French monk named Rudolphe is a true historical happening included within this novelThe following comment is not directly related to this book but while I'm on the subject of Bernard of Clairvaux I thought I would add this bit of trivia He is the author of the poem often translated in English hymnals as O Sacred Head Now Wounded Also Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy places him as the last guide for Dante as he travels through the Empyrean Paradiso cantos XXXI XXXIII Dante's choice appears to be based on Bernard's contemplative mysticism his devotion to Mary and his reputation for elouenceList of books in the Catherine LeVendeur series 1 Death Comes As Epiphany 2 The Devil's Door 3 The Wandering Arm 4 Strong As Death 5 Cursed in the Blood 6 The Difficult Saint 7 To Wear The White Cloak 8 Heresy A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery 9 The Outcast Dove 10 The Witch in the Well

SUMMARY The Difficult Saint: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery (Catherine LeVendeur)

SUMMARY The Difficult Saint: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery (Catherine LeVendeur) î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB È In The Difficult Saint Sharan Newman returns to medieval France and the murder haunted Catherine LeVendeur heroine of this acclaimed series After a harrowing stay Le news Agnes's new husband appears to have been murdered by poisoning and Agnes is the prime suspect In spite of their differences Catherine believes in her innocence and knows that she must do everything she can to save her sister's life And when Catherine and her brood travel to Germany to begin sleuthing in a dangerously anti Semetic climate it becomes clear that Catherine and Edgar's long dreamt of life of peace remains in the distant future if they live to see it at allAt the Publisher's reuest this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied. This book was difficult to read than the others More interaction between Jews and Christians and many disturbing scenes As the second crusade begins Christian sects vie with one another in their hatred of fellow man All this action is threaded through the mystery Catherine and Edgar must unravelCan't wait to read