The Ravens' Augury

Publication Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017

Two bodies are discovered bludgeoned to death in Kent woodland. Six ravens are feasting on the corpses.

It is springtime in 1413 and Henry V is now on the throne of feudal England. The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 had begun the great shift towards democracy and the country is recovering from the ravages of the Black Death.

Wat Baudin is a man on the up in this brave new world and is returning from his duties as an alderman at the assizes in Maidstone. He can sit in judgement on the lower classes but the noble families of the land remain a law unto themselves.

When Wat and his colleagues happen upon the unfortunate murder victims, he is only too aware of the superstition that still surrounds the macabre presence of that posse of birds. They are a sign of more death to follow.

Wat is glad to get back home where his wife Rosalind in expecting their second child. But his joy is short-lived as he is suddenly summoned by the Earl of Rochester, Lord John Ridley.

It appears that the earl’s nephew, young Sir Hugh Montmorency, has mysteriously disappeared and Wat is tasked to get to the bottom of the matter.

It is not long before Wat finds himself heading a murder investigation. Not one murder, but two… then three. The ravens’ augury seems to be true as a knight and a member of castle staff are added to the body count.

The Ravens’ Augury is a classic tale of intrigue and plotting at a time in England’s history when the stakes were sky-high and skulduggery the default position in their ruthless pursuit.

L.J. Shea

L.J. Shea resides in her native rural Victoria in Australia. She works as a teacher of English and, of course, history. She is also a busy parent to two young sons. Other members of her household include two dogs, two cats, and two horses, 50 percent of whom are rescue animals.