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  • Audio Cassette: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Recorded Books (2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1845051734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845051730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,435,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Martin on June 29, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the death of an influential businessman the grieving wife is quick to blame witchcraft as his undoing. Not content with the Crowner's opinion of natural causes she rallies the local religious figures to denounce the evil doers that caused her husband's death.

This is the first book I have read by Bernard Knight and I really enjoyed it. Set in the late 1100's we follow the life of Crowner (Coroner) John as he tries to work out who is causing so much strife against supposed cunning women in Exeter. Strife that quickly turns to mob lynchings!

Author Bernard paints a great portrait of life in those times and you really are transported to the damp and smelly streets of Exeter. The portrayal of how life must have been back then comes through very strong and genuine in Bernard's writing. At the start of the book Bernard also gives a quick glossary on words commonly used at the time, such as the reference of Witches as Cunning Women.

Crowner John is a great character who is forced to fight the machinations and deceit of this brother-in-law - the Sheriff - while trying to protect his mistress Nesta who has knowledge in the ways of cunning women herself!

I will definitely be buying more of the Crowner John series, I can assure you of that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale on December 17, 2006
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Bernard Knight, or to give him his correct title, Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, was a pathologist to the Home office until 1980 when he was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University of Wales College of medicine, 1980. He has written the extremely successful Crowner John series of medieval mysteries, of which there are now ten or eleven books, His character Crowner John is certainly among my favourite characters in medieval mysteries.

Exeter, 1195. Sir John de Wolfe is facing the wrath of the wife of one of Exeter's most prominent citizens. He has refused to hold an inquest on a prominent burgess and guild-master. The man had fallen dead across his horse's saddle, but this happened in front of witnesses and the man had recently been complaining of chest pains, plus there was no sign of injury on the body. However events take a turn when a straw doll with a spike through its heart is found under the saddle cloth of the dead man.

The dead man's wife is adamant that a spell had been cast upon her husband. A spell put on him at the behest of one of his business rivals who wants to acquire his business. With the help of her cousin, who happens to be a canon at the cathedral she begins a campaign in the name of mother church against witchcraft and the women in the town who are thought to practice the black arts. Sir John refuses to be drawn into the campaign, until, that is Nesta, his young Welsh mistress is accused of witchcraft. The only way Crowner John can save her is by finding the real culprit before the noose slips around Nesta's beautiful neck.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve on March 4, 2006
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Lovers of medieval mysteries will find plenty of medievalism and precious little mystery in this John Crowner yarn. It is a sound enough adventure, with plenty of blood and open sewage flowing through the streets of an authentic twelfth-century Exeter, but don't expect to be presented with a puzzle or dazzled by the deductive powers of the sleuth.

The style is rather stilted, often reading like a dry history text rather than an entertainment. I know fans of this genre crave plenty of historical fact with their fiction, but it should be woven seamlessly into the story and not be too obviously and intrusively crammed in, as it is here. It was interesting to discover that the word 'exchequer' comes from the practice of using a chessboard to help tally piles of coins, but when this is related in a 'this is how it came to be known as' fashion, it destroys the illusion. This is not quite as bad as JT Edson's habit of adding footnotes to his Western novels, but almost. On the same theme, the characters often talk as if they were quoting legal documents or delivering a lecture.

The book is also prone to misprints, which is annoying. Thus we have a character who is afraid he will be in trouble "...if he failed to go back empty handed", when of course the opposite is meant. And Chapter 8 is heralded as one "In which Crowner John rides off with lady" when in fact he does no such thing. And there are others, all serving to trip the reader up and spoil the flow of the story.

Although they mostly have the same voice, the characters are well drawn. Gwyn and Thomas make perfect companions for Crowner. They are reminiscent of Pigsy and Monkey, Tripitaka's companions in the 'Monkey' legends.
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Mr Knight can weave a spellbinding story. If you have followed his novels in the order they are written you will find this story one of his best. It is nice to see justice done by an honest officer of the king, a rare thing during this period.
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