Fiction

Death Comes As Epiphany

Tor Books 1993 ISBN 0-312-85419-6

“Catherine LeVendeur is a young scholar at the Convent of the Paraclete, a convent famous for learning and prayer…and its most famous abbess, the fabled Heloise. Catherine’s natural curiosity and individualism have always set her apart and she has come to the convent to conquer her sin of pride But service can come in many forms…A manuscript that the convent produced for the great Abbâ’sˇ Suger has disappeared and rumors have surfaced that the book contains sacrilegious passages and will be used to condemn Heloise’s famous lover- Peter Abelard. Catherine must find the manuscript and discover who has altered the text before it destroys all she holds dear.


The Devil’s Door

Forge Books 1994 ISBN 0-312-85420-X

A wealthy countess lies dying at the convent of the Paraclete, brutally beaten by unknown assailants. Her last wish is to take the veil, to become one of the order, but she is unwilling- or unable- to name her killer. Catherine LeVendeur’s curiosity and her keen sense of justice demand that she find out the identity of the noblewoman’s attacker.


The Wandering Arm

Forge Books 1995 ISBN 0-312-85829-9

The mummified arm of St. Aldhelm has been stolen from the Salisbury Cathedral in England and hidden somewhere in Paris, passing from pious to treacherous hands by means of murder most foul. Catherine’s husband Edgar, is approached to help find the Anglo-Saxon relic and bring in safely home.


Strong As Death

$16.95 Bella Rosa Books 2008 ISBN 978-1-933523-27-9

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Mystery of 1996.

Ex-novice Catherine LeVendeur and her Saxon husband, Edgar, desperate to have a child, go on pilgrimage to pray at the fabled Spanish shrine of Santiago de Compostela. They encounter mad monks, jongleurs, a possibly reformed whore, and four elderly knights, two of whom are murdered.


Cursed in the Blood

$16.95 Bella Rosa Books 2008 ISBN 978-1-922523-30-9

The fifth story in the series finds Catherine LeVendeur venturing into the cold and tumultuous homeland of her husband- only to realize the vast differences between Edgar’s family and her own. After making the pilgrimage to Compostela and giving birth to a son, Catherine is looking forward to an idyllic life at home in Paris.Yet her contentment is shattered when she and Edgar receive news from his family that Edgar’s two oldest brothers have been ambushed and murdered.


The Difficult Saint

$16.95 Bella Rosa Books 2008 ISBN 978-1-933523-29-3

When Catherine’s estranged sister’s marriage to a German lord ends
with her being accused of his murder, Catherine knows she must do everything she can to save her sister’s life. And when Catherine and her brood travel to Germany to begin sleuthing in a dangerously anti-Semitic climate, it becomes clear that Catherine and Edgar’s long-dreamt-of life of peace remains in the distant future — if they live to see it at all


To Wear The White Cloak

$16.95 Bella Rosa Books 2008 ISBN 978-1-933523-28-6

With its attention to detail, depth of research and well developed characters, this 7th book in Newman’s Catherine LeVendeur series, should delight fans of her medieval mysteries. In a simple prologue, three men, a lord, a miller and a servant, set out on Easter from their small French village to join the Knights of the Temple and King Louis’ expedition to rid the Holy Land of the Sarcens. Meanwhile Catherine and her extended family arrive in Paris, expecting to find their house aired and ready for them. Instead there’s moldy and rancid food in the kitchen and the decaying body of a murdered man wearing the white cloak of the Knights of the Temple, in the counting room. Fearful that certain family secrets are at risk of exposure, Catherine, her husband Edgar, and her cousin Solomon determine to discover the mans’ identity and his murderer.


Heresy

$24.95 Forge Books 2002 ISBN 0-765-30246-2

When her dearest friend in the world, Astrolabe, the son of the fabled theologian Peter Abelard and Heloise, flees wrongful prosecution for the vicious murder of a young woman, Catherine’s family takes him in to hide. But there are darker forces than murder at work here. Someone wishes to use Astrolabe to complete the destruction of his father’s fame in the name of faith…and there are those that would see the destruction of the very order of Christian life.


Outcast Dove

$25.95 Forge Books 2003; ISBN 0765303779

Catherine LeVendeur’s curiosity and passion for justice have sometimes led her to brave horrors and solve grisly murders.but this time the threat is to those she loves. Catherine’s family business relies on her cousin Solomon to negotiate the treacherous path to riches. The fact that Solomon is her cousin is secret, however, because he’s Jewish-and if their family connections were discovered, it could mean ruin or death.


The Witch in the Well

Catherine LeVendeur is a creature of 12th century France whose life is a mirror of her times — and she is armed with a keen mind and lively curiosity. When Catherine’s grandfather sends for his family to tell them their well is going dry, Catherine is alarmed. The family’s wealth depends on its status, and if the well goes dry, their castle will fall. Her grandfather seems wracked with a fear deeper than that, though –and there’s a mysterious woman who is either old or young, dead or alive– depending on whom you ask. Catherine doesn’t believe the magical legends her family has handed down that they are the descendents of a knight of Charlemagne’s and a faerie –she puts her faith and trust in the human condition. When bodies begin appearing –not ghostly specters, but freshly-dead humans– Catherine knows she’s right, and must uncover the secrets of the witch in the well…