Author(s): Sharon K. Penman
January 1193. With King Richard missing on his way back from the latest Crusade, and his brother Count John spreading word of his death, England lies uneasy under its blanketing snow. And baseborn Justin de Quincy, down to his last farthing, stumbles on a dying man bearing a letter for the King's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, with news of her son. For England's safety and her own, Eleanor must know if the man's murder was political, or mere banditry. And so Justin finds himself charged with learning who killed the goldsmith Gervase, and why. If he can survive the violent perils of London and Winchester's underworld, and the more dangerous duplicities of the court, he will earn himself a new career as a Queen's Man.