Returning to my roots as a crime writer, I chose the Doctor of Physic to tell the story of Friar Ted, a crime-busting 'wandering monk' whose character is loosely based on Sherlock Holmes.
Famed for his skills of detection, when he finds a dead stranger on a lonely road, he invokes his talents of logical deduction to uncover the culprit.
In the excerpt below from The Doctor Of Physic's Second Tale, Friar Ted examines the body of the dead man, searching for clues:
Then Friar Ted drew near to scrutinise The dead man’s clothing with his searching eyes And noticed that the turquoise cloak he wore, (Although bespattered here and there with gore) Was of the finest continental weave. “’Tis Flemish by its texture, I believe,” The Friar Quod. “Most richly is it dyed. Indeed, this traveller took the utmost pride
In how he dressed, since also, on his feet, Are fur-lined boots designed to keep the heat From leaking out into the frosty air. Which begs the question if a man should wear Such plush apparel and appear so rich, How did he end up dead beside a ditch In this remote, unpopulated place? By God, this is a most engrossing case.”