The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

271 pages first pub 1983 (editions)

fiction crime historical mystery dark mysterious medium-paced


In the gentle Shrewsbury spring of 1140, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound—a hunt in full cry. Persued by a drunken mob, the quarry is running for its life. When the frantic creature bursts into...

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mysterious 88%
adventurous 33%
sad 33%
emotional 22%
relaxing 22%
tense 22%
hopeful 11%
lighthearted 11%


medium 66%
slow 22%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 100%

Strong character development?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | N/A: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

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