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Alys Clare is a British author born in 1944. A former student at Tonbridge, she spent her childhood in the countryside near the setting of her Hawkenyle novels.
Order of Hawkenlye Mysteries Series
|1||Fortune Like the Moon||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||Ashes of the Elements||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||The Tavern in the Morning||2000||Description / Buy|
|4||The Chatter of the Maidens||2001||Description / Buy|
|5||The Faithful Dead||2002||Description / Buy|
|6||A Dark Night Hidden||2003||Description / Buy|
|7||Whiter Than the Lily||2004||Description / Buy|
|8||Girl in a Red Tunic||2005||Description / Buy|
|9||Heart of Ice||2006||Description / Buy|
|10||The Enchanter's Forest||2007||Description / Buy|
|11||The Paths of the Air||2008||Description / Buy|
|12||The Joys of My Life||2008||Description / Buy|
|13||The Rose of the World||2011||Description / Buy|
|14||The Song of the Nightingale||2012||Description / Buy|
|15||The Winter King||2014||Description / Buy|
|16||A Shadowed Evil||2015||Description / Buy|
|17||The Devil's Cup||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Aelf Fen Mysteries Series
|1||Out of the Dawn Light||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Mist Over the Water||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Music of the Distant Stars||2010||Description / Buy|
|4||The Way Between the Worlds||2011||Description / Buy|
|5||Land of the Silver Dragon||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||Blood of the South||2015||Description / Buy|
|7||The Night Wanderer||2016||Description / Buy|
|8||The Rufus Spy||2018||Description / Buy|
|9||City of Pearl||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||The Lammas Wild||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Gabriel Taverner Mystery Series
|1||A Rustle of Silk||2016||Description / Buy|
|2||The Angel in the Glass||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||The Indigo Ghosts||2020||Description / Buy|
|4||Magic in the Weave||2022||Description / Buy|
|5||The Cargo From Neira||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of World’s End Bureau Victorian Mystery Series
|1||The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||The Outcast Girls||2020||Description / Buy|
|3||The Man in the Shadows||2022||Description / Buy|
She spends some months of the year in a remote Brittany cottage littered with the marks of past inhabitants and the remains of previous civilizations.
Best Alys Clare Books
Alys is not a real person. The pseudonym belongs to Elizabeth, an author from Cambridge. Alys’ best books include:
Fortune Like The Moon: Trouble was brewing in Hawkenlye Abbey. A young nun was dead. Someone had cut Gunnora’s throat. It was hardly the most peaceful way to go for a nun. But the Abbey had plenty of suspects.
Richard Plantagenet had commanded English prisons to release their inhabitants. No one could ask for more fitting suspects for the murder. But Josse d’Acquin had no intention of jumping to baseless conclusions. As the new king’s knight, he was tasked with investigating the crime and identifying the true culprit.
Josse was surprised to find that Hawkenlye Abbey wasn’t quite the sanctuary everyone promised. Instead, it was beset by lust and greed. Fortunately, he wasn’t alone in his search. The knight could rely on the help of the beautiful Abbes Helewise.
‘Fortune Like The Moon’ is the first novel in the Hawkenlye Mysteries series. The book takes readers to 1157. Josse is investigating a murder on behalf of King Richard. Queen Eleanor, Richard’s mother, designed Hawkenlye Abbey. Eleanor pushed King Richard to release all the prisoners, and now some nuns are dead.
The gesture wasn’t entirely altruistic. Richard was on the verge of being crowned king, and he wanted to buy some popularity by releasing his incarcerated subjects. But the gesture backfires when the nuns die.
Richard doesn’t want the public to link the murders to his actions, but that is the only rational outcome if the rest of the kingdom learns that one or more of the prisoners the King released committed murder.
Josse is deployed to resolve the issue. The veteran is the perfect candidate for the role because he is quiet and observant. He joins forces with a wise Abbess to find the killers. The pair have a strong bond nurtured by their mutual respect for one another.
Ashes of the Elements: Abbess Helewise has a strong head on her shoulders. She doesn’t succumb to pressure, and neither is she quick to surrender to superstitious murmuring. A lumberjack died.
Because his body was found in the Wealken forest, the locals have already assumed the worst. They think the Forest People killed the lumberjack. Normally, the Abbess wouldn’t dismiss the wisdom of the locals so easily.
But this time around, she can’t take them seriously because the Forest People are mythical. As far as any rational person is concerned, they don’t exist. Nonetheless, a man is dead, and something real and rational killed him.
She is determined to find the culprit. Having chosen to ignore the supernatural answer, the Abbess has turned to her friend Josse d’Acquin for an alternative explanation.
The Abbess and the French soldier of fortune are well-acquainted with one another. The Abbess trusts Josse because the solder has assisted her on numerous occasions.
For his part, Josse wants to protect the Abbey. The person that killed the lumberjack is a threat to the people under the Abbess’ care. For that reason, Josse has chosen to venture into the forest.
Just as the soldier expected, the forest is not haunted. However, what he finds is no less terrifying.
‘Ashes of the Elements’ is the second novel in the Hawkenyle Mysteries series. Like the first book, this one takes readers to the era of Richard the Lionheart. Once again, the Abbess is caught up in a mystery. This time around, she trips over the remains of a local man at the edge of a forest.
Someone used a spear with a decorative point to murder him. The Sheriff wants to blame the Forest People, but Helewise wants a second opinion, so she enlists the help of Josse.
They find evidence of poachers, an ancient treasure recently uncovered, and pagan rituals, not to mention a connection to the residents of the Abbey. As they investigate the murder, Helewise and Josse’s relationship grows.
When Does The Next Alys Clare book come out?
The next book by Alys Clare is The Cargo From Neira and will be released on May, 2nd 2023. It is the newest book in the Gabriel Taverner Mystery Series.