The Poisoned Serpent

The Poisoned Serpent

Joan Wolf / Nov 15, 2019

The Poisoned Serpent Norman England has little to celebrate in the new year of The country is immersed in a bitter civil war from which no one is immune including Hugh de Leon heir to an earldom His Uncle Guy has a

  • Title: The Poisoned Serpent
  • Author: Joan Wolf
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  • Page: 435
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  • Norman England has little to celebrate in the new year of 1140 The country is immersed in a bitter civil war from which no one is immune, including Hugh de Leon, heir to an earldom His Uncle Guy has arranged his marriage to the spoiled daughter of the newly named Earl of Lincoln It is a merger that will combine two of the land s largest fortunes and give the de LeonsNorman England has little to celebrate in the new year of 1140 The country is immersed in a bitter civil war from which no one is immune, including Hugh de Leon, heir to an earldom His Uncle Guy has arranged his marriage to the spoiled daughter of the newly named Earl of Lincoln It is a merger that will combine two of the land s largest fortunes and give the de Leons unparalleled power Hugh s heart, however, belongs to the Lady Cristen, and he will do everything he can including eloping to make her his own.His plan is simple enough until the new Earl of Lincoln is murdered, and a friend of Hugh s is accused of the crime Though he has little time in which to foil his uncle s arrangement, Hugh cannot see an innocent man wrongly hanged To save his friend and marry the woman he loves, Hugh must work fast to track down a deadly and wily serpent But when he grabs it by the tail, can he avoid its poisonous bite

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      • Joan Wolf

        Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York A former English teacher, she obtained a Bachelor s degree in Mercy College and Master in English and Comparative Literature at Hunter College An avid rider and horse owner, Joan lives in Connecticut with her husband Joe and two grown children, Jay and Pam.


    182 Comments


    1. 3.5>? again, not quite a 4! I liked it though-I can't really put my finger on what it lacked, but I'll still be reading the third, because as always, I need closure! I'm such a sucker! =p


    2. This is a sequel to No Dark Place. It got off to a slow start but once the pace picked up it was engaging. Wolf's characters are not well developed but she created a well crafted story.


    3. Following the first book where Hugh has to find the truth about his past we find him again when he has already been established as the Earl of Wiltshire rightful heir. This doesn’t bring him only joy because he has just been told by his uncle that he has betrothed him to the daughter of the Earl of Lincoln. The plan is to join the two most powerful families in the land and gain more power and riches. But Hugh is set and determined to marry only Cristen, his long-time love, although she doesn [...]


    4. This is a great read. The year is 1140 and we are taken there as though it were yesterday. The detail is exquisite.Hugh is the heir to an earldom. He wants to marry Lady Cristen, but the approval does not appear to be forthcoming from all the powerful men involved. Hugh has been promised to another, and it appears that is set in stone. In that time, when noble families married it was not simply a marriage, it was a distinct sign of alliance and power.There is a murder. The murdered man was power [...]


    5. The second of only two novels in Ms Wolf's "Medieval Mystery" series, this one is a definite step up from the first. While I enjoyed the plot of the first, I had felt the writing style seemed to be amateur at best. This one settled into a fine murder mystery plot and, indeed was an enjoyable read. The story elements wrapped up nicely so need for a third novel.The writing has definitely improved. The phrasing was not clumsy as before and the pacing of the plot was appropriate. I don't wish to giv [...]


    6. Enjoyed reading about Hugh and his rag to riches story, whose friendship compels him to investigate a murder to establish the innocence of a friend. Gilbert DeBeaute, Earl of Lincoln, is killed, stabbed by an unknown person. Bernard Radvers, friend of Hugh De Leon, the nephew and newly discovered heir to the Earl of Wiltshire, is accused of the murder. Bernard was found by the body holding the dagger that killed the earl. It is believed that Bernard killed the earl because of the betrothal of Hu [...]


    7. In the reign of King StephenAll of England is in a perpetual state of unrest during the reign of King Stephen. There is an endless struggle to stay a step ahead of the forces of the Empress Matilda in order to keep possession of the throne.The barons are in a constant state of flux with their loyalty, depending on which will provide them the greatest benefit. Some of this power comes through arranging profitable marriages for their dependents.Hugh requests permission to marry Cristen but is told [...]


    8. In the second book of the series, Hugh Corbaille now known as Hugh de Leon and heir of Earl of Wilshire is madly in love with Cristen Haslin whose father was the knight who recognized Hugh as the kidnapped child in the first book. Hugh's uncle Guy, the Earl of Wilshire has arranged that Hugh marry Elizabeth Debeaute the beautiful daughter of the Earl of Lincoln. At the same time, a thorn from Hugh's past comes back to his life and the people around Hugh cannot figure why Hugh hates Richard Canvi [...]


    9. #2 in this early 12th century English mystery series. England is on the verge of civil war between dual claimants to the English throne: Stephen and his half sister Matilda. It is now 1139 and it has been determined the Hugh is the lost son and ashaky arrangement has been been made between Hugh and his uncle that Hugh will be his heir. There is still a lot of intrigue and plotting as the struggle between Stephen and Matilda for the crown continues. Hugh becomes involved again when a close friend [...]


    10. Joan Wolf's The Poisoned Serpent, a medieval mystery, is the last of her books that I have. As I read it, the plot and the writing seemed too simplistic for Ms. Wolf. The ending I enjoyed. She employed a medieval tradition that was used quite often to solve a problem no matter how serious. The tradition itself was very definitely serious, but until society became more sophisticated, this was one way legal issues were solved. That was a great way to draw the book to the end.


    11. The first book of these medieval mysteries was more background story than mystery, but this second one is excellent. The reader is almost as surprised as the other characters by the logical leaps that Hugh makes, until he finally gets around to explaining them. I really do wish Wolf would come out with more, but since she wrote this in 2000, and hasn't come out with any more since, I guess it's just these two.


    12. I enjoyed the mystery and I love the relationship between Cristen and Hugh. They love each other and support each other. Favourite line - Hugh saying "But of course I told Cristen" when talking about something that he saw as a child but has never discussed with anyone since.


    13. a very wily young Fox puts its a very wily old one and wins the hand of his lady belovedt in the 12th century English civil ware one empress Maude/Matilda began and her son, Henry II finished.



    14. Wellmeone out there will love this book. Unfortunately, I do not have the patience for it. I love English history, but this just doesn't do it for me, so am putting it aside.



    15. Very well set in the years after the Normans had taken over England. This is set in King Stephens regain, a time of great trouble to begin with, and is in step with that very well.



    16. Some historical information in the setting of this medieval mystery, but the plot and characters are a bit contrived.





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