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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Tales of Dom Pedro by Toni Cor is a collection of mysteries set in Portugal during medieval times. Pedro I was often known as Pedro the Cruel; he didn’t believe in light sentences for criminals. He didn’t have one rule for the rich and one for everyone else; regardless of standing, position, color, ethnicity, everyone was treated the same. The three stories are based partly on truth – Pedro I was a real king between 1357 and 1637 and some notable incidents of his life form the basis for the fictional tales. In the first, Dom Pedro must work out the identity of a murdered man, who killed him and pass sentence. In the second, a naked woman is found dead after the Carnaval, the victim of a rape, and Dom Pedro vows to avenge her. In the final story, Dom Pedro is tasked with the defense of a follower, accused of rape and murder.
Tales of Dom Pedro by Toni Cor is an interesting read. Although it is fiction, it is based on truth and that makes it more than just a novel, not quite a true story! This is a fascinating combination; it allows you a glimpse into life in medieval times while solving crimes that may or may not have actually happened. It’s written in language that conveys the historical period the stories cover – a little difficult to grasp at first but, as you get into the stories, it becomes much easier. It is descriptive; there are historical facts at the start of the book to help you, and a certain amount of fact strewn throughout the stories although they are fictional. Each story is developed with a good plot and cast of characters, with a brief interlude separating each one. Good book, ideal for fans of medieval mysteries and those who want bite-sized stories to get their teeth into.