As usual, SKP is flawless in her creation of the late 12th century including Eleanor of Aquitaine and her treacherous son John. I found this 2nd of the De Quincy novels more entertaining than the first as there was two storylines carried out and the mystery had a more satisfying ending than the first novel (The Queen's Man). Though not completely unpredictable the murder of young Mellangel did keep me guessing, maybe it was him . . . no maybe him, until the very end. The drama between Eleanor and Prince John is well known and believably brought to life in this novel. Fun, quick, easy read.