The Heretics of De’Ath by Howard of Warwick

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There’s been a murder at the monastery in De’Ath’s Dingle. Or has there? Brother Hermitage, who has been accused of the murder, believes that Brother Ambrosius simply died from over-exertion and old age. But it seems that others in the monastery are willing to believe the worst of Hermitage while ignoring other strange goings-on. When the local bishop’s aide appoints the town idiot, Brother Simon, to investigate the death, Hermitage and his new friend, Wat the Weaver, purveyor of tawdry tapestries, will have to try to get to the dirty bottom of things on their own.

I decided to read The Heretics of De’Ath based on the intriguing description – something along the lines of Monty Python meets Cadfael. It sounded great – a laugh-out-loud mystery – and I must say it was a pretty decent read. While it wasn’t as hilarious as I’d imagined it would be, I did find myself laughing in places at the rather bawdy humor.

Brother Hermitage had me at turns adoring him then wanting to smack him upside the head. I did appreciate how his character grew through the story, learning how to cope with the world outside and inside the monastery. And Wat the Weaver was great: the man makes his money from what is, essentially, the Dark Ages’ version erotic art, but he’s an intelligent, caring man at the same time.

The plot had just enough curves to keep it interesting and make me wonder how they’d manage to untangle it all. While it was a bit slow to really get going, I was never even tempted to give up. It was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading the next book in The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage.

**Special note: This story does poke fun at the Catholic Church of the Dark Ages. So, if you are sensitive to that sort of humor and would be offended, make sure to steer clear.

Many thanks to Cameron Publicity & Marketing, Ltd., The Funny Book Company, and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

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