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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847393284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847393289
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.1 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cardiff-based Professor Knight, CBE, became a Home Office pathologist in 1965. During his 40-year career, he performed over 25,000 autopsies and was involved in many high-profile cases. The author of numerous non-fiction books, he has written fourteen novels in the Crowner John mystery series. Visit www.bernardknight.homestead.com

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

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MoFloMon on 1 Sep 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Again the atmosphere of the period and the place is well described. Crowner John and his team become involved and put under pressure from more than one quarter. Murders, accusations and the politics of the Court all combine to give an excellent read and with the addition of remiinders of their former life in Devon the story progresses in several directions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on 31 July 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have sought out everything written by Knight that is available.
He is master craftsman whether writing fiction or non-fiction.
This latest work surprised even me. It is terrific and was worth getting the hard cover version in the U.S. I can only hope that there will be more to follow in this series!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adrian J. White on 2 Sep 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another excellent entry in the ongoing adventures of John de Wolfe:) Enjoyable as ever - I look forward to the next one to see where he goes next - back to being a Coroner in Exeter, or to a new position. If you liked the earlier books, you'll like this one - I did!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teabag on 1 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bernard Knight always delivers a great yarn from the southwest excepy this time Crowner John is in Westminster , some haggling with other Sherriffs in London Town adds the discomfort that John feels after his love Nesta has left him , his wife is in a nunnery and he is away from his beloved Exeter and faithful wolfhound.
Kings business must be done and soon John is embroiled in palace intrigue. If you can get hold of audio book version it is well worth it, the narrator is excellant and it brings the whole medieval theme alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first attempt at the Crowner John series: as a lover of historical whodunnits, I was hoping to read the lot, but I found this one to be a bit of a bore.
He creates a believable medieval world - though I could have done without every single meal being described in detail - and the crimes are investigated and solved efficiently enough.
So what was lacking? Some more interesting characters would have helped. There's always got to be a charismatic protagonist in books like this, and Crowner John is certainly no Morse or Shardlake. A little bit of banter with his two promising sidekicks, and some more realistic conversations with the love interest, for example, might have made him more human and helped me care about him more.
It's a very plodding plot, too, with very little suspense. For me, this was a book that never quite came to life.
Some reviewers say that this is the least successful of the series, and it probably didn't help that I started at number thirteen (though if an author is good enough, that shouldn't matter).
I'll give him another try if I see some more in the library, but my hopes aren't high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lamb on 25 May 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Crowner Royal" is Bernard Knight's 13th book of the Crowner John series. Over the last couple of years, I have read all 12 of the preceding books and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.

As with any series of stories that feature the same characters in familiar settings, it must be difficult for an author to come up with fresh new scenarios to keep both them self and their regular readers happy and interested enough to go back for more.

Perhaps it was this reason that Bernard Knight took his three primary characters (Crowner John and his loyal colleagues Gwyn and Thomas), and moved them from their familiar setting in Exeter to the palace of Westminster where John had been appointed as the new Crowner of the Verge.

Although this new location gives the author the scope for describing new locations, characters and situations, somehow I felt something was missing that was ever-present in the earlier novels. For example, I missed the interaction between John and many of the peripheral characters such as his servant Mary, his glum wife Matilda, his scheming brother-in-law and even his dog Brutus! I also missed John's regular visits to some of his familiar haunts such as the Bush Inn to see his mistress Nesta.

Although Bernard Knight took a brave new direction for this story, for me it didn't quite work and will be glad to see the next (and last) story in the series "A Plague Of Heretics", set back in Exeter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Myles on 5 Mar 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
A change of scene but no change of pace we find Crowner John and his band of medieval nurder solvers in London miles from Devon but with plenty of mystery adn the usual jests between the three protagonists
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Fairweather on 3 Oct 2009
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I have read all of Bernard Cornwell's books based around Crowner John and have very much enjoyed them all. There is always a good story-line combined with marvellous history and facts about the geographical area in which the story is set. The fact that he is working in and around London in this story makes it even better and all the political background to this period of historyreally brings the time alive.

Noe of his stories is ever simple and I rarely guess the murderer in advance. And I like his mistress too!!
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