The Butcher Bird: A Somershill Manor Mystery
S. D. Sykes
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In the sequel to the critically acclaimed Plague Land, we return to Somershill Manor, where an ominous legend takes hold of hearts and minds as children begin to disappear.
Oswald de Lacy is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the farms and fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more—something the King himself has forbidden.
Just as anger begins to spread, the story of the Butcher Bird takes flight. People claim to have witnessed a huge creature in the skies. A new-born baby is found impaled on a thorn bush. And then more children disappear. Convinced the bird is just a superstitious rumor, Oswald must discover what is really happening. He can expect no help from his snobbish mother and his scheming sister Clemence, who is determined to protect her own child, but happy to neglect her step-daughters.
From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald's journey is full of danger, dark intrigue, and shocking revelations.
The book is interesting. The text is full of typos and errors, the worst I've ever seen.
I enjoyed this book and the one prior. But when letters and words and punctuation are missing... well, it detracts. It's unfortunate that the editors didn't catch all this. The author has solid skill, gently weaving historical details into the narrative without weighing it down. Too bad the editors aren't as skilled... Maybe a clean update before the third book is released?