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  1. A Death in Catte Street (Geoffrey Chaucer Mysteries Book 1)
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A Death in Catte Street

A young Geoffrey Chaucer notices three men in London who have no right to be there. Two days later, he is shown a corpse that was found, without a mark on him, in the basement of a locked house. He recognizes it as one of the three men. Curiosity and a sense of moral obligation prompt him to explore the incident. Who was the man? Where are his companions, and why did they place themselves in danger by coming to England? How did the corpse get into a locked house?

His fumbling investigations—while more underground deaths turn up—expose him to conflict with the London sheriff, a lecture on the king's finances, a large building in London that uses taxpayer money to support a single individual of no legal standing, the collapse of the Italian banking industry, and England's anti-Semitic history.

This is the first in a proposed series that dovetails what is known about Chaucer through existing records and the culture of his time with fictional mysteries. It is told in the first person by an older Chaucer looking back on his life.

A Notes section at the end of the book offers historical background on the people, places and events mentioned in the book. If you like learning about the Middle Ages through reading fiction, this is a book for you.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Ever wonder what it was like to live in the Middle Ages? A Death in Catte Street allows you to experience Medieval England through the eyes of a young Geoffrey Chaucer as he (gingerly) probes a mysterious death in a time when life was precarious, at best:

"I never saw my grandparents again, even when we moved that Autumn to London and a bigger house. Even knowing that the Pestilence caused all this--the absence of other children, the isolation with a blazing fire to keep the vapors at bay, the loss of the girl, the death of my grandparents...does not erase the oddness of that time when I had no connection with the world outside. It is maddening to be in the middle of events and not understand them."

Follow young Chaucer through the streets of London as his insatiable curiosity and keen powers of observation drive him to make sense of the world he lives in. You'll be glad you did.
This is a well constructed mystery by an author who is very knowledgeable about the life and times of Chaucer. His depiction of living conditions in London is well-informed. I know something of such things. That being said, the story should have been more gripping. I liked the characters and action but was not enthralled by them--hence, the 4 stars instead of 5. I would read more novels in this series gladly.
Well told story; It seems to be as authentic as I would have imagined the London of that time.
I wonder why there weren't more horses used and why everyone walked, even those of means who could afford a Hansom cab.
I really enjoy stories like this; of another time in history. We of our generation would had difficulty reading English of Chaucer's day.
Thanks Mr. Tim Shaw
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