Yet another enjoyable volume from Elly Griffiths, this time following the trio we have come to love & know, i.e. Cathbad, Ruth & DCI Nelson.
We are in Walsingham Norfolk, at the Shrine to Our Lady that has been there (with some interruptions) for 1,000 years. The volume opens with a memorable confrontation between Cathbad and a cat (the cat wins.) There is a conference for female bishops, who merrily enjoy their time by drinking the night away.
Ruth (who has been invited to this party) is shocked. But there is a dark undercurrent to their doings. Many of these women have been receiving threatening letters, which usually begin: “Dear Jezebel.”
The women are reluctant to involve the police. Then a young woman dressed in a blue cloak is found murdered. Five Stars.