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The Dragon of Handale

(2013)
(The fifth book in the Hildegard of Meaux medieval mystery series)
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Hildegard, no longer a member of the Cistercian order of nuns, has returned to the priory after more than a year from her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Still unsure whether she will rejoin the Order, the Prioress suggests that a visit to Handale Priory might help provide some clarity. Used as a house of correction for sinning nuns, it lies in the north of the county in the middle of a vast wood and is run by the ambiguous Abbess Basilda and her close group of hard-faced acolytes.

While walking about the grounds, Hildegard discovers the corpse of a young man in the morgue. His body bears deep gashes from neck to groin. His wounds appear to be the ravages of claws, but larger than any animal Hildegard knows of. Is it possible that the young man was killed by a dragon, as Hildegard's been told? Of course, Hildegard does not believe in dragons, and despite being warned against it, she goes for a walk in the woods. There she discovers a secret tower, locked and barred, with armed men on guard.

What is so valuable that it needs such protection? Has it anything to do with the mystery of the young man's death? And why have assassins been pursuing the King's courier across the savage moor land only to murder him at a lonely wayside tavern? Hildegard risks all dangers to seek out the truth.

The Dragon of Handale is the fourth novel in Cassandra Clark's acclaimed mystery series set in the 14th century.

Genre: Historical Mystery    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Dragon of Handale: A Mystery (Abbess Hildegard of Meaux)
Author(s): Cassandra Clark
ISBN: 1-250-05886-4 / 978-1-250-05886-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Dragon of Handale: A Mystery (Abbess Hildegard of Meaux)
Author(s): Cassandra Clark
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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November 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dragon of Handale (Hildegard of Meaux medieval crime series Book 5)
Author(s): Cassandra Clark
Publisher: eBookPartnership.com
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May 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE DRAGON OF HANDALE (Hildegard of Meaux Medieval Mystery Series Book 5)
Author(s): Cassandra Clark
Publisher: Wykeham Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA