Masters of the historical mystery, authors Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Philip Gooden, Simon Beaufort, and C.J. Sansom band together as The Medieval Murderers to craft this thrilling tale. In 1067 Greenland, a strange stone falls from the sky. Over the next 600 years, violence and death follow whoever possesses it, including crusading knights, a dying King Henry III, and a troupe of His Majesty King James I’s players.
©2010 The Medieval Murderers (P)2011 W.F. Howes, Ltd
I liked this book, but it felt to me like a preview - or sample - of other series strung together. So, I found myself listening to the chapters more like short stories. I like historical mysteries and I was intrigued by the mystery of the stone. The writers are all proficient and the presentation was good. But I think this book is right for someone looking more for the short story genre, than a fully developed novel. In fact, some of these writers are new to me and I will be checking out their other work which is more developed.
"a series of parts"
I purchased this because of enjoying the Shardlake stories by CJ Sanson. I found this more a collection of short stories along a single theme and time line and as a result enjoyed some parts more than others as I could reasonably expected given the different styles present. I could have though didn’t skipped a part I didn’t enjoy as the separate stories stand well alone. Overall if you like historic mystery you will enjoy this though some parts more than others.
"Murky mediaeval mess"
A bit disappointing really. I suppose most of the authors were commisioned to write different parts and while there was a theme, the books did not seem to have a any great continuity. It's a book which as they say , is good in parts Maybe to many cooks spoil the broth.
"Great historical mystery novel"
As I am a big fan of Karen Maitland I thought I would try this book as she is one of the listed authors
I really enjoyed it .The story shows how this stone found in ancient times often changed the life (for the worst sometimes) in different peoples throughout history the narration is good and there is factual historical links to bind the story together. It has a good ending too.
For me this is far superior to the other story that I have read in this series Hill of Bones
"Not as absorbing as the summary would suggest"
Each story could be shorter and snappier
Not compared to all the great books available on Audible
There was a predictability about all the stories, and a lack of pace in the action which means that it somehow fails to really catch the imagination.
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