4.5 rounded up.
Book 4 in the series. Though the series does seem to go in a chronological order I was able to jump from book 1 to book 4 with little difficulty. There were some questions about what May have occurred in between but they were mostly addressed, or could be ignored without distracting from the overall story.
Here there is a death in the first part but that’s not the murder mystery aspect, that comes later in the book. The first part is sort of a catch up of all the characters from books past as well as an introduction to new ones on the scene.
I enjoyed this book off the bat more than I did book 1. Maybe it was the familiarity with the characters and setting. I’m not quite sure what exactly held my interest more here but it kept me reading the book through rather than in fits and starts.
I enjoyed the continual tension between the characters, both new and old, as well as within the village. There’s a need for everyone to secure their place in uncertain times that feels more realistic. Then of course the true murder of the story happens and throws everyone and everything into upheaval.
Cw: murder, death, time period sword fighting, domestic violence and violence against women, cheating, parental death.