Exeter, 1195. When a prominent burgess and guild-master falls dead across his horse, Crowner John declines to hold an inquest as the man had been complaining of chest pains and shows no sign of injury. Events take a sinister turn, however, when a straw-doll is discovered hidden under the man's saddle, a spike driven through its heart...
©2004 Bernard Knight (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd
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"An historical novel you care about"
Not sure. I liked the fact that the narration was clear and straight-forward without any gimmicks but would probably have felt the same about this book if i had read it myself.
The rescue of Nesta from the Bush tavern. The scene at the burning tavern was very well realised.
Crowner John as he came across as a decent man who cared about other people. However he was a character within the time in which the novel was set so had his faults and was far from perfect which made him more likeable.
Witch or wisewoman? Time to make up your mind.
Historical setting obviously well researched and so gave a lot of interesting information. Characters very believable and even had me feeling sorry for the supporters of King Richard, knowing his brother would soon be on the throne!
"Another excellent Crowner John!"
Superb, fascinating read!
Crowner John is a complex, diverse and totally believable character who has many dimensions to his character including his mistresses!
When Crowner John declines to hold an inquest; he is usually so keen to exert his influence and this change of tack was an interesting diversion from the usual ride roughshod and do his duty!
Crowner John faces unknown, sInister and medieval trials to his authority
Another rip roaring Crowner John mystery ! Slightly different in its approach but Bernard Knight is always finding new ways to enthrall his readers. The fact that his long term mistress Nesta is facing accusations as a witch is a welcome added dimension.
"The Witch Hunter"
I like a medieval mystery and Bernard Knight's Crowner John books are great, and he characters build in each one.
first time for a sort of who done it.fantastic book great characters and made all the more good by a brilliant reader who put a lot into each person in the book. really well done.
"Another fantastic Crowner John mystery!"
Another fantastic Crowner John story! I'd recommend this to all fans of historical murder mysteries.
I don't know if it's just me but I find listening to a novel quite hard in audio form. So perhaps my finding this novel slow is because I'd prefer to read it 'properly'. However I enjoyed the characters and the attention to detail. It's a good listen, I like the reader, but I think it would be a better 'read'
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