A novel by Mary Malloy
Sequel to "The Wandering Heart"
Read about Paradise Walk in the Cape Cod Times
THEY HAD TO ACT IN SECRET, and in haste. It was not difficult to
haul the wooden cover up to expose the golden shrine; this was a
task they had done frequently to bring pilgrims closer to the saint.
Opening the sarcophagus, however, was more difficult than any of
them had anticipated in the darkness of night and with a desire
for silence. Finally, however, they looked upon the skeleton of their
saint. It had been laid carefully in the coffin three hundred years
before, at the time of its first translation. The long bones of the arms
and legs were arranged around the skull, which looked up at them
with empty eye sockets from its place in the center of the coffin.
When the prior reached in and pulled it out, everyone could see the
hole in the crown of the head, where that part of the holy man’s
tonsure had been severed with a sword.
Following the path of a medieval pilgrimage, historian Lizzie Manning finds unexpected danger. Chaucer may have based his "Wife of Bath" on a real woman, whose descendant holds certain artifacts. But can the investigation lead to something more sinister? Are the bones of St. Thomas Becket hidden in Canterbury Cathedreal, and is someone willling to kill to protect the secret?