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Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, a close supporter of Simon de Montfort, is found hanged in his locked bedchamber alongside the body of a young man at his estate outside the medieval city of Hereford. The new coroner for the county rules the deaths a murder-suicide, but Stephen Attebrook, a struggling knight without means and deprived of his position of deputy coroner, comes to thin Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, a close supporter of Simon de Montfort, is found hanged in his locked bedchamber alongside the body of a young man at his estate outside the medieval city of Hereford. The new coroner for the county rules the deaths a murder-suicide, but Stephen Attebrook, a struggling knight without means and deprived of his position of deputy coroner, comes to think that all is not as it appears. What looks like a routine murder inquiry draws Stephen and his friends Gilbert Wistwode and Harry into the game of espionage and diplomacy, for Montfort had sent the dead lord on a mission to the Welsh, bearing a letter with Montfort’s proposals for a secret alliance. Men would kill to get that letter, which went missing upon FitzHerbert’s death. Stephen finds himself in pursuit of that letter, for it seems to hold the key to the mystery. Stephen’s troubles pile up by leaps and bounds for he must dodge deputies sent after him by Sheriff Percival FitzAllan, who accuses Stephen of murder himself, and he delves deeply into Hereford’s underworld where death lurks in every alley and byway in his search for the truth.


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Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, a close supporter of Simon de Montfort, is found hanged in his locked bedchamber alongside the body of a young man at his estate outside the medieval city of Hereford. The new coroner for the county rules the deaths a murder-suicide, but Stephen Attebrook, a struggling knight without means and deprived of his position of deputy coroner, comes to thin Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, a close supporter of Simon de Montfort, is found hanged in his locked bedchamber alongside the body of a young man at his estate outside the medieval city of Hereford. The new coroner for the county rules the deaths a murder-suicide, but Stephen Attebrook, a struggling knight without means and deprived of his position of deputy coroner, comes to think that all is not as it appears. What looks like a routine murder inquiry draws Stephen and his friends Gilbert Wistwode and Harry into the game of espionage and diplomacy, for Montfort had sent the dead lord on a mission to the Welsh, bearing a letter with Montfort’s proposals for a secret alliance. Men would kill to get that letter, which went missing upon FitzHerbert’s death. Stephen finds himself in pursuit of that letter, for it seems to hold the key to the mystery. Stephen’s troubles pile up by leaps and bounds for he must dodge deputies sent after him by Sheriff Percival FitzAllan, who accuses Stephen of murder himself, and he delves deeply into Hereford’s underworld where death lurks in every alley and byway in his search for the truth.

30 review for Murder at Broadstowe Manor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have read and enjoyed the Stephen Attebrook series for the past five years. They are not polished books but they provide action and adventure within the historical context featuring a man who should have given up many years ago considering all his trials. But that, of course, is part of the fun in reading these books. Simon de Montfort is gathering men to oppose King Henry III, but Stephen is sworn to the king and is not at all happy about his assignment to recapture a missing letter from de M I have read and enjoyed the Stephen Attebrook series for the past five years. They are not polished books but they provide action and adventure within the historical context featuring a man who should have given up many years ago considering all his trials. But that, of course, is part of the fun in reading these books. Simon de Montfort is gathering men to oppose King Henry III, but Stephen is sworn to the king and is not at all happy about his assignment to recapture a missing letter from de Montfort to gain Welsh assistance. Of course Stephen happens into the aftermath of murder, theft and the missing letter to start things off. There are many trials and skirmishes and physical feats the author so ably describes in every book. I think he created this underdog character to demonstrate how one can fight to victory and/or freedom no matter the odds. Pretty much everything bad happens. The usual group of pals are part of the action. Kindle Unlimited

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Open full-scale warfare between those loyal to King Henry III and those who support his rebellious brither-in-law, Simon de Montfort, is coming closer; and the threat of renewed raids by Welsh bands coming over the border hangs over the towns of the western marches. It's in this atmosphere that Stephen Attebrook, former soldier and assistant coroner of the town of Ludlow, finds himself caught up in another mystery. This time it's the apparent murder-suicide of a nobleman who was caught in flagran Open full-scale warfare between those loyal to King Henry III and those who support his rebellious brither-in-law, Simon de Montfort, is coming closer; and the threat of renewed raids by Welsh bands coming over the border hangs over the towns of the western marches. It's in this atmosphere that Stephen Attebrook, former soldier and assistant coroner of the town of Ludlow, finds himself caught up in another mystery. This time it's the apparent murder-suicide of a nobleman who was caught in flagrante delicto with a young man of the town. But as with most murders that Attebrook and his innkeeper/clerk companion Gilbert Wistwode face, there's more than initially meets the eye. I can't go into much more detail than that without spoilers, so I will just say that for fans of the Attebrook series who have read the previous books, this is a solid tale that reunites us with all the (surviving) favorite characters from the earlier tales. It's set in the late summer of 1263, just weeks after the conclusion of book #7, The Bear Wagon, and like all the previous sequels there are frequent references to people and events from those books, so this wouldn't work well as a stand-alone read. It's also rather staggering to contemplate that all the adventures and changes of fortune covered in these eight books have taken place in just one calendar year! That pacing aside, this story has very good dialog, brisk plot movement, and is actually one of the better crafted volumes in Vail's Attebrook series. Apparently the Kindle edition of this book goes by the title The Hanged Man.

  3. 5 out of 5

    George

    #8 in the deputy coroner Stephen Attebrook mystery series set in the English town of Ludlow near the Welsh border from August to September, 1263. An impoverished knight considered too disabled because of a foot injury for combat, so gets by by working as a coroner’s investigator. Things are looking up for Stephen as he has been appointed the coroner which comes with a stipend. As the supporters of Simon de Montfort and the king move closer to civil war, Attebrook is replaced by his arch enemy as #8 in the deputy coroner Stephen Attebrook mystery series set in the English town of Ludlow near the Welsh border from August to September, 1263. An impoverished knight considered too disabled because of a foot injury for combat, so gets by by working as a coroner’s investigator. Things are looking up for Stephen as he has been appointed the coroner which comes with a stipend. As the supporters of Simon de Montfort and the king move closer to civil war, Attebrook is replaced by his arch enemy as coroner of Herefordshire. Just as the action is taken, a big Montfort supporter is discovered dead along with another body and the new coroner, who dislikes Stephen, rules the death a murder-suicide. One of those faithful to the dead lord engages Stephen to prove this was not suicide. He no longer has authority to do this, but takes on the case and things quickly spiral into a more and more complex situation. Stephen is accused of murdering his brother, arrested and thrown in jail by his enemy with the expectation he'll die there; he escapes and has to investigate as a hunted criminal and the dead noble was supposed to deliver an important letter from Montfort which has gone missing which adds another complication because it is important to both sides.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gary and Sandra Sims

    Great series I decided to read all the books before I wrote a rating as the books need to be read I order as one long story. Mr. Vail through these books has taken you into a time where hardships are normal, death looking around the corner and treason is in the air. The characters are very real and compelling with the murders central to the story the sub plots are also fascinating. I really hope there are more books as I have a few issues that need to be resolved. I highly recommend these books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Looking Forward to the Next. Having enjoyed all of this series , I cannot speak too highly of the pleasure every one has given me . One becomes totally absorbed in the adventures of Sir Stephen and his associates , both good and evil . Knowing the historical background of this period I hope to be kept up to date on Stephen Attabrook's part in the coming civil war Looking Forward to the Next. Having enjoyed all of this series , I cannot speak too highly of the pleasure every one has given me . One becomes totally absorbed in the adventures of Sir Stephen and his associates , both good and evil . Knowing the historical background of this period I hope to be kept up to date on Stephen Attabrook's part in the coming civil war

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lexie Conyngham

    Another romp for Steven and Gilbert with the usual teasing and insults between them and Harry, now on the up in the world. Steven seems to have been relieved of his various responsibilities but it does not stop him becoming involved in the investigation of what might have been a suicide but turns out to be murder, and murder of a man with more complex life than anyone at first guessed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

    Entertaining as always. Removed as coroner, Stephen Attebrook investigates what looks like a murder both for himself and for others. There was one part of the murder that I felt was unexplained, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    K.L.

    While trying to solve the murder of one of de Montforts supporters and recover a missing letter, Attebrook os accused of murder himself, and not only has to defend himself from the charge, but uncover the truth of what happened to the dead nobleman

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson

    Another mystery under his belt. Nice fun easy read Stephen is moving up in the world at a slow pace. One day he will get his just rewards an hold his head up high. Be a friend to those how care.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Page Greer

    I've enjoyed all the books in this series. They were a good read! Why the hech should I have to explain more than I have. I either enjoy a book or don't. It's not a bloody reading assignment I have DO A report on.. I've enjoyed all the books in this series. They were a good read! Why the hech should I have to explain more than I have. I either enjoy a book or don't. It's not a bloody reading assignment I have DO A report on..

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet Kuchler

    Enjoyable tale As always, Jason Vail delivers to his readers a cleverly written story. Twists and turns fill the pages and just when one believes he/she has solved the mystery, another fact distributes that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence A Callahan

    Waiting for the next book! Another good read! I have finished all 8 of series and wish there were more. I will try some of Jason Vail's other books. Waiting for the next book! Another good read! I have finished all 8 of series and wish there were more. I will try some of Jason Vail's other books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Murcury

    Excellent!!! Series continues to be most entertaining!! Hope Gail continues to churn out more tales of Steven & company!! ! !

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rose Lambert

    Great book Love the writer's books . Read as many s O can. Always a surprising ending. Great read keeps your interest. Great book Love the writer's books . Read as many s O can. Always a surprising ending. Great read keeps your interest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mrs V

    A genuine page turner I have read the whole series and have enjoyed them all. This book was no exception. I can thoroughly recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    charles whitcomb

    Always good Great stories of the medieval period in England. Who done its with all the trappings of life in the fourteenth century.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stan Bates

    Gripping Another good offering from Jason Vail, read it in double quick time. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave Hammett

    Too short Well not really but it goes fast so it seems so. Another good novel with Attebrook and Gilbert and Harry.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    1263. Sir Stephen Attebrook, among others, have been called to Hereford Castle to select the county's representives to a Parliament of Simon de Montfort making. But Attebrook is striped of his coroner's duty by his enemy FitzAllan, so the new coroner, Sir Thomas de Mapuleye, investigates the death of Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, one of the candidates. But Sir Stephen is employed to find a letter missing from Sir Rogier's chamber. Another enjoyable well-written mystery in this series with its delightfu 1263. Sir Stephen Attebrook, among others, have been called to Hereford Castle to select the county's representives to a Parliament of Simon de Montfort making. But Attebrook is striped of his coroner's duty by his enemy FitzAllan, so the new coroner, Sir Thomas de Mapuleye, investigates the death of Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, one of the candidates. But Sir Stephen is employed to find a letter missing from Sir Rogier's chamber. Another enjoyable well-written mystery in this series with its delightful characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sabina

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert Simpson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim Bywaters(katy bywaters)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Miss J E Dare

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon A. McElhoe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dixie Hufford

  26. 5 out of 5

    Norman Benson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda Barbee

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gail Hamilton

  29. 5 out of 5

    Irving Pollack

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine E

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