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The Good Death

(2021)
(The fifth book in the Somershill Manor Mystery series)
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'The series gets better and better . . . a very credible medieval world . . . Oswald is such an appealing character, growing richer and deeper with every book' - Andrew Taylor, author of Ashes of London

1370. Oswald de Lacy was not always Lord of the Manor, or even meant to be. The third son, he was sent off to become a novice monk. Now, with winter closing in on Somershill, his wife flirting with their houseguest, his sister sniping from the sidelines and his mother still ruling his life even from her deathbed, Oswald is forced to confront the secret that has haunted him ever since those days in the monastery.

1349. Sent to gather herbs in the forest by his tutor, Brother Peter, 18-year-old Oswald encounters a terrified girl, who runs into the swollen river and drowns. In her village, he discovers that she is only one of many poor young women who have disappeared, with no-one in authority caring enough to investigate.

Convinced the girls are dead, Oswald turns to the village women for help in finding the murderer - in particular to the beautiful Maud Woodstock, who provokes feelings in Oswald that no monk should entertain.

Soon, however, another killer stalks the land. Plague has come and the monastery is locked against it. Brother Peter insists that Oswald should forget his quest. But Oswald will not stop until he has discovered the shocking truth, which will echo down the years to a letter, clutched in his dying mother's hand.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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August 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Good Death (Oswald de Lacy)
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-4736-8020-4 / 978-1-4736-8020-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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September 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Good Death: A Somershill Manor Mystery (Somershill Manor Mysteries)
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-64313-779-4 / 978-1-64313-779-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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January 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Good Death (Oswald de Lacy)
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-4736-8023-9 / 978-1-4736-8023-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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August 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Good Death
Author(s): S D Sykes
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August 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Good Death
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August 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Good Death
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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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September 2021 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Good Death: A Somershill Manor Mystery
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August 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Good Death (Oswald de Lacy Book 5)
Author(s): S D Sykes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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