Crowner Royal

Crowner Royal

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by Bernard Knight
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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"Fans of Crowner John won't be disappointed."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Another stellar historical whodunit from the practiced pen of a master."  —Booklist Online

"Detection and suspense are combined with historical authenticity."  —Daily Mail

"Brings medieval Exeter to life with gritty realism, smells and all, but with an underlying sympathy and humor."  —Historical Novels Review

"Rayne's wealth of intriguing characters and situations has you continually putting two and two together and making five, but when the truth emerges, you wonder why you didn't see it coming. Clues to all the bizarre twists and turns are there, but so well constructed that each time you are taken by surprise."  —Western Daily Press

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1196, the intriguing 14th entry in Knight's Crowner John series (The Manor of Death, etc.) takes Sir John de Wolfe to Westminster, where Richard the Lionheart has appointed him Coroner of the Verge. One hot summer day, from the window of the coroner's office, one of de Wolfe's officers chances to observe a stabbing by the river below. The assailant flees, while the body of a palace clerk is extracted from the Thames. As de Wolfe investigates, he must assert his authority over the haughty and incompetent London sheriff's department. The victim, the coroner learns, appears to have heard something not meant for his ears while servicing the palace's guest chambers. The murder fuels the king's suspicions that traitors are plotting to overthrow his rule. Straightforward, descriptive prose, spiced with a few period terms, brings 12th-century England to life. (Oct.)
Booklist Online
Another stellar historical whodunit from the practiced pen of a master.
Kirkus Reviews
Crown jewels are missing and murder is afoot at the royal court in medieval coroner Sir John de Wolfe's 13th adventure. Sir John de Wolfe has risen to become Coroner of the Verge, charged with investigating crimes in the court of Richard the Lionheart. Because King Richard prefers France to Westminster, De Wolfe, his man-at-arms Gwyn and his clerk Thomas are left at loose ends. Even the murder of an assistant steward fails to relieve the tedium. London's sheriffs and mayor assert the City's ancient liberties, and by the time the feudal politics are settled, the trail is cold. So Sir John and his men are assigned to guard a shipment of gold and jewels bound for the king's new treasury. Despite a brush with fire, they make the delivery safely, but soon after the most valuable chest is stolen, and the canon who kept the keys goes missing. Frustrated by the absence of leads on the canon or the assistant steward, Sir John complains about his shrewish wife Matilda; flirts with the suspiciously attractive Lady Hawise; and pines for both his old mistress Nesta and his current mistress Hilda. The investigation meanwhile grinds to a halt until the Justiciar threatens to hang Sir John if he doesn't produce results. Luckily the clever priest Thomas spots a clue that saves the day. Very similar to The Manor of Death (2009; reviewed in this issue). Fans of Crowner John won't be disappointed, but this tale is unlikely to win the series any new loyalists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847393289
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
03/05/2010
Series:
A Crowner John Series
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
832,718
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, became a Home Office Pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980. During his 40-year career with the Home Office, he performed over 25,000 autopsies, and was involved in many high profile cases, including that of Fred and Rose West, and the child killer, Mary Bell. The author of numerous popular and academic non-fiction books, he has written thirteen novels in the Crowner John mystery series. Professor Knight lives in Cardiff.

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