By Gillian Roberts
In her new novel starring Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper, Gillian Roberts once more mixes secret and mirth. This time Roberts explores Philadelphia's certain flesh and blood "historical monument"— the Mummers, who dwell (and maybe are keen to die) for a number of hours of glory each New Year's Day.
The well-known Mummers' Parade is an extravaganza that attracts huge, immense crowds who cheer via chattering tooth, as greater than thirty thousand clowns, string bands, and fancy brigades strut their stuff up extensive highway. yet this yr, whereas the track blares and the Mummers dance, a reveling Pierrot unexpectedly sinks to the floor, shot dead.
Amanda is, at the beginning, just a horrified spectator. but if the top suspect—her buddy and fellow instructor at Philly Prep—falsely claims to were together with her on the time of the homicide, Amanda can not remain at the sidelines.
Is the homicide a flare-up of lethal rivalries? Is it attached with the disappearance, the week...
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I understand you went with him on pilgrimage. You have done well by your master, I commend your loyalty, and I trust the journey has done great good to you, living, as to your master, who died still a pilgrim. There could be no more blessed death. Leave us now. ” Elave made him a deep reverence, and went out from the chapter house with a buoyant step, like a man going to a festival. Canon Gerbert had refrained from comment while the petitioner was present, but he cleared his throat vociferously as soon as Elave had vanished, and said with weighty gravity: “My lord abbot, it is a great privilege to be buried within the walls.
The length of Robert’s stride and the shortness of Jerome’s legs turned what should have been a busy, self-important bustle into a hasty shamble, but it would always get Jerome in time to any spot where there was something happening that might provide him with occasion for curiosity, censure, or sanctimony. “Your strange visitors are acceptable,” observed Hugh, seeing how the conference was proceeding, “if only on probation. ” “The fellow with the cart I do know,” said Cadfael. “He comes from close under the Wrekin.
And though Bernard might put in a word for popular criticism of the worldliness of many high churchmen, and yearn for a return to the poverty and simplicity of the Apostles, by all accounts he would have small mercy on anyone who diverged from the strictly orthodox where dogma was concerned. Radulfus might sidestep one citation of Bernard by countering with another, but he was quick to change the subject before he risked losing the exchange. “Here is Serlo,” he said simply, “who remembers whatever contention the archbishop’s missioner had with William.