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5.0 out of 5 starsPenny’s Barrington series is outstanding
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
His character development is terrific from book to book. There is hardly a moment that is not exciting. The theme of each of the first three books are similar, but each h as it’s own way of expressing that plot twist. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series
Really enjoyed the book the last of a series of three. The main character is not immediately exposed totally as to what sort of person he is...his character is eked out over the series, which makes him intriguing and makes me look forward to further stories. Apart from the crime, the practice of medicine at the time, The detail about the politics and intrigue within the Alhambra and the Harem makes for very interesting reading.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2021
Another excellent adventure and mystery based in late 1400s. A period of time I had given little thought to until I started this series of books and now I can't wait to read the next one. Read one and you will be hooked too.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
really great story that takes place in Spain when Spain was trying to consulate into Christian country. very well written and historically accurate with great story woven into. must read in proper sequence to understand properly and grasp each character
Thomas Berrington can’t seem to get away from people being murdered and he can’t stop trying to investigate those murders. Think of Columbo on tv and you have Thomas Berrington. A great set of books and I have just bought the fourth book in the series.
I like followup from the previous book and the personal and political lives interwoven along with the murder mysteries of them. The research done which is the main part of the story, is the best way to learn about a time unfamiliar with a little about the personal lives of those historical figures.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat writing but too much gore.
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2017
Penny is an interesting and entertaining historical mystery writer, but why is there so much blood and guts on these pages? We can go for a hundred pages of interesting character and plot development, and then there are several murders with body parts flung all over the place. Just too much mayhem for me in a series that should be much more even keel. A 3.5 for the brutality.
3.0 out of 5 starsReasonable for a holiday read, not very exacting.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2018
Love the locations and period of history. This is the third book and it's probably time to stop. Everything is U certificate, predictable and quite bland. The plots are preposterous as this Dr Barrington wanders between the courts of Queen Isabella and the Moors solving serial murders surrounded by the upheaval of the Reconquista. Unfortunately I've purchased book four so I hope it's a change of formula and a better read but I doubt it. Once an Author has an idea 💡these days he flogs it to death. The essence of a good book is originality but for many readers familiarity is comforting and if that's you then I think you'll be reading about Thomas for years.
5.0 out of 5 starsThomas Berrington the 13th century Jack Reacher!!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2017
I like the characters Thomas Berrington and Jorge very much they bounce off each other very well -Jorge the eunuch and Thomas a surgeon with a dark past. I cannot for the life of me understand why he is so drawn to Helena and who he doesn't like but finds drawn to her whilst Lubna is the well rounded person he truly feels genuine love for and really is his feminine self. In this book Thomas and Jorge chase a sin eater for one city in Spain to another always just one step away from catching the killer (I am not going to say who it is because it will spoil the book for someone else). I have the Incubus (volume 4) left to read and I want to read it BUT at the same time because it is the last volume I want to keep it unread for a while. I have found the characters and plots are as captivating as the Jack Reacher books by Lee Childs, except they are in the 13th century, whilst Jack is modern day. I would say read The Red Hill and the Bone Breaker first and then The Sin eater. I must agree with other reviewers though, that this volume is the weakest of the first three books, but still a very good read.
In the third instalment of the series, Thomas Berrington is back in his home in Granada but instead of resuming his life as a doctor, he once again has to apply his many talents to find and overcome a serial killer, who is claiming the life's of wealthy inhabitants of the city. The cast of characters remain from the previous two books and benefit from this in becoming more developed and nuanced. The plot is clearer and the read very fast moving and although I guessed the identity of the killer early on in the book, it did not detract from the story. I look forward to book 4 and heartily recommend the series to anyone who has not yet read David Penny.
Third book I've read with these 15th Century unexpected sleuths Thomas Berrington (local doctor/surgeon) and Jorge (former Palace eunoch) caught up in Moorish/Spanish politics and who also have their own murder agenda and family problems. The historical background is excellent bringing actual kings, queens and sultans to life, wrapped around a fictitious storyline, makes for a fascinating read. Will certainly continue to follow their adventutes.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2017
I love it for different reasons than I loved 'The Moors last Stand'. These books are historically colourful but the character of the prince known as Boabdil is diametrically opposed to the one from the history books. No matter. This is not a history book is a mystery draped in all the colours of Andalusia and Granada at a time when troubling changes are taking hold. The protagonist, Thomas Berrington, is an English Surgeon, well regarded by most on both the sides of the Moor and of the Spanish Royal couple. A great read, I immerse myself in the sights and smells of 14th century Spain without bothering too much that Penny's Boabdil is a twit.