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I received this book for free from a book tour. This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb
Series: Kate Clifford Mystery #1
Published by Pegasus Books on May 3, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Source: a book tour
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Political unrest permeates York at the cusp of the fifteenth century, as warring factions take sides on who should be the rightful king--Richard II or his estranged, powerful cousin in exile, Henry Bolingbroke. Independent minded twenty-year-old Kate Clifford is struggling to dig out from beneath the debt left by her late husband. Determined to find a way to be secure in her own wealth and establish her independence in a male dominated society, Kate turns one of her properties near the minster into a guest house and sets up a business. In a dance of power, she also quietly rents the discreet bedchambers to the wealthy, powerful merchants of York for nights with their mistresses.
But the brutal murder of a mysterious guest and the disappearance of his companion for the evening threatens all that Kate has built. Before others in town hear word of a looming scandal, she must call upon all of her hard-won survival skills to save herself from ruin.
The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb is the first book in the Kate Clifford mystery series. This historical mystery had me wondering who was guilty. While there were several little clues along the way, I didn’t put them together until the end. I found the story to be a bit confusing in some parts. I didn’t quite understand the connection that the main character’s brother played. I liked Kate. She was independent and strong-willed and had a knack for figuring things out. She stood out in the time period and I enjoyed that.
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