London, 1196. At the command of Richard the Lionheart, Sir John de Wolfe has left his beloved West Country for the Palace of Westminster, where he has been appointed Coroner of the Verge. But with the king overseas, embroiled in a costly war against King Philip of France, Sir John is dismayed to discover that the English court is a hotbed of greed, corruption and petty in-fighting.
The murder of one of the palace clerks, stabbed in broad daylight and thrown into the River Thames, leads John to suspect that there's a conspiracy underway to overthrow King Richard. And with the visit of the dowager Queen Eleanor fast approaching, the new Coroner must risk his life to prove his suspicions are right, root out the traitors within and prevent a national catastrophe.
©2009 Bernard Knight; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
Sir John de Wolfe is easily one of the most believable of characters. He is far from perfect yet not one of the modern anti heroes. A firm sense of who he is an important part of all the Crowner John series. This book does not disappoint. I was especially delighted with the end....or should I say beginning?
If you are looking for a historical novel of this period check out The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion. For a murder mystery perhaps Medicus. I found myself wishing the author would move the plot along. There is a lack of surprises and twists that should make a book like this captivating. The characters are well developed and sympathetic.
I did enjoy this listen I think mostly for the exceptional narration of Paul Matthews.
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