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Hill of Bones
     

Hill of Bones

by The Medieval Murderers
 

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Bath Abbey, 1199. The monks' peaceful existence is turned upside down when the Abbey's unpopular prior is found dead on Solsbury Hill. But when Sir Symon Cole and his wife, Gwenllian, arrive to investigate, they soon discover hear whisperings that prior has met with divine punishment.
For it is said that on Solsbury Hill, only those who are pure in heart can

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Bath Abbey, 1199. The monks' peaceful existence is turned upside down when the Abbey's unpopular prior is found dead on Solsbury Hill. But when Sir Symon Cole and his wife, Gwenllian, arrive to investigate, they soon discover hear whisperings that prior has met with divine punishment.
For it is said that on Solsbury Hill, only those who are pure in heart can survive a night when the moon is full.
Determined to get to the bottom of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the prior's death, Gwenllian launches a daring investigation that puts her in great danger and Sir Symon accepts a challenge to visit the hill at night.
Sacred treasures. Dangerous secrets. Plots against church, crown and government. Solsbury Hill continues to be the scene of murder, theft and conspiracy throughout the ages. But what will today's archaeologists make of the mysteries uncovered on this haunted site?

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Publishers Weekly
Gregory and Maitland’s contributions lift the winning seventh collaborative effort by five of today’s top historical mystery novelists (after 2011’s The Sacred Stone). In Gregory’s chilling variation on The Hound of the Baskervilles, set in 1199, the master of Bath’s St. John’s Hospital is found dead on Solsbury Hill with marks on his corpse suggesting that a vicious beast was responsible. According to legend, “only the pure of heart could survive a night when the moon was full.” Gregory makes the most of her setup, concocting a typically intricate, but satisfying, solution. Clever plot twists and gripping pacing distinguish Maitland’s entry, a tale of revenge set in 1453 involving a shipwreck’s survivor turned miracle worker who lives in fear of a shadowy nemesis. The selections by Knight, Morson, and Gooden, each involving Solsbury Hill, also entertain. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"With the combined imaginations of Bernard Knight, Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Ian Morson, and Philip Gooden, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Perfect for the holidays."  —Daily Mail on Sacred Stone

"Monks, mists, madness, taverns: the evocation of a strange but familiar Other Britain shrouded in time . . . A must for historical crime buffs and an ideal starting point for any reader new to the genre."  —Tangled Web on The Tainted Relic

"Clever plot twists and gripping pacing."  —Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
This seventh entertaining collaborative novel (The Sacred Stone) presents a five-act novel written by five historical fiction authors (Karen Maitland, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Philip Gooden, and Ian Morson) and centered on the death of Bath's prior in 1199. A clever epilog is part of the charm.
Kirkus Reviews
A notable landmark outside Bath becomes the scene of murder and mayhem down through the ages. Solsbury Hill, the supposed site of King Arthur's last battle against the Saxons, is one of the places Symon Cole and his wife Gwenllian must investigate in 1199 as they look into the suspicious death of the much disliked prior of Bath Abbey at the command of King John, who has no love for them. They get little help from the abbey members or the townsfolk. When more deaths follow, the sleuthing pair, who cannot accept the tale of a killer wolf, must solve the crime or lose their home. A century later, the hill features in the tale of Eldred, a poor monk accused of stealing valuable church property. Can his friends solve the crime in time to save his life? In 1453 the hill becomes the temporary home of a mystic whose past conceals from his followers a nasty secret that leads to more deaths on the haunted hill. Centuries later, actor Nick Revill of the King's Men helps a damsel in distress and searches for lost treasure on the same hill. His inquiries are followed many years later by a pair of tricksters who try to solve a murder involving royalty. Finally, police and archeologists searching in 2010 for a serial killer's gravesites find much more than they bargained for. The seventh short-story cycle by The Medieval Murderers, featuring some of the same sleuths as their past collaborations (King Arthur's Bones, 2009, etc.), provides an eventful but often uneven look at murder down through the centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857204264
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Bernard Knight, a former Home Office pathologist, is the author of the acclaimed Crowner John series. Former police officer Susanna Gregory's novels feature Matthew Bartholomew, a C14th Cambridge physician. Karen Maitland is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling C14th mysteries Company of Liars and The Owl Killers. Philip Gooden writes Shakespearean murder mysteries. Ian Morson is the author of the Oxford-based Falconer series.

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