Death Before Compline by Sharan Newman, stories © various, Bagwyn Books 2012 trade paper, historical mystery short story collection
This volume contains seven stories originally written by Newman for various themed collections over the years, each featuring characters from her series. Seven murders, seven solutions. The setting is France in the early to mid Twelfth Century, mostly in Paris but also as far afield as Rouen and Germany.
I like Newman’s series, what I’ve read of it (the first two). Her characters – here as in the novels – are intelligent, her settings well described and highly researched. I enjoyed hearing her talk at the 2014 Left Coast Crime convention, and bought this book there. It took me just an afternoon to read, and it was time enjoyably spent. Very nice stuff.