Category: Clynes, Michael

The Gallows Murders by Michael Clynes

St. Martin’s (first), 1996 In the fifth of the Roger Shallot series, Shallot, rougish but faithful servant of Benjamin Daubney, Cardinal Wolsey’s nephew, is called in together with his master to investigate when King Henry VIII receives letters claiming that Prince Edward, supposedly murdered in the Tower by Richard III years ago, is alive and threatens Henry’s right to rule England. Moreover, someone is killing off the king’s hangmen one by one. Historical purists may be somewhat put off by the modernism of Shallot’s narration, but his lively loquaciousness makes an easy read. Shallot’s repeated claims to have given Shakespeare all his best plots, characters, and quotes wear thin very […]

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