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The Heretics of De'Ath (The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Howard of Warwick
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Special tie-in edition to mark the book being released as a major book. Paperback available through Amazon and all good, average and questionable book shops.

England 1066: At the monastery of De'Ath's Dingle, during a completely pointless theological debate, there is a mysterious death.

Routine business for the average investigative medieval monk.

Unfortunately this isn’t a tale of average monks.

Anyone who would put the idiot Brother Simon in charge of a murder investigation is either one chant short of a plainsong, or is up to something.

When Brother Hermitage, innocent in every way, including bystanding, is lined up for execution, he begins to wonder if something might be going on. Perhaps his new companion Wat, weaver of pornographic tapestry, can figure out what it is. Before it's too late.

If you are a lover of the historical detective genre, if you have a deep respect for the worlds created, don’t read this book. It’ll only upset you.

Brother Hermitage's second case, The Garderobe of Death, is available on Kindle and things haven't improved.

Not knowing any better he even tries again in the new tale, The Tapestry of Death.

Your author turns his attention to the Battle of Hastings and what might have happened - but probably didn't, in The Domesday Book (No, Not That One)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2551 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The Funny Book Company (8 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Howard of Warwick is but a humble chronicler with the blind luck to stumble upon the Brother Hermitage manuscripts - now he finds himself the world's best selling author of historical comedy.

His work has been heard, seen and read, most of it accompanied by laughter and some of it by money. His peers have even seen fit to recognise his unworthy efforts with a prize for making up stories.

The first trilogy of the Chronicles of Brother Hermitage comprises The Heretics of De'Ath, The Garderobe of Death and The Tapestry of Death all available on Kindle.

The whole thing kicks off again with Hermitage, Wat and Some Murder or Other - set in Normandy of all places.

The outings of Brother Hermitage are joined by The Domesday Book (No, Not That One): hilarity and history in a book so epic it has a map.

Plans are afoot to mark the 900th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a work on that very subject: The Magna Carta (Or Is It?). Telling history as it might have happened, but probably didn't.

The works of Howard of Warwick are to be major books, with paper and everything.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! 19 Mar. 2012
By Panda33
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are into comedy crime/mystery thrillers and looking for something a little different, then I think you may enjoy this novel.

This is my favourite genre of book and I don't often come across one that I would recommend. But The Heretics of De'Ath, along with Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Station and Tony Royden's The Dealer are right on the money, genuinely funny (laugh-out-loud) reads, yet at the same time managing to incorporate gripping storylines and good characters.

The Heretics of De'Ath maybe set in Medieval times, but if you like a good dark comedy thriller, then look no further.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 5 Dec. 2010
By Irene
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book and hoped that it would pass a few hours whilst stuck indoors due to the weather and feeling low, well the books surpassed my hopes, I liked the easy style of writing and the characters had me laughing in no time, if you are hoping for a Brother Cadfael then this book is not for you, but if you want a good read with humour then please give it a try, so please can we have some more like this.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hit, a palpable hit 15 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a genuinely funny book. The author has an excellent grasp of the rules of comedy, an eye for a sharp one liner and an ability to keep the reader turning the pages (or whatever the kindle equivalent is - pressing the right arrow button perhaps). He has hit upon the excellent idea of taking Baldrick from Blackadder and making hm into a sleuthing monk - think Brother Cadfael with a turnip. He romps (or monks) around an England about to changed for ever by William the Bastard (or William the Conqueror as no one called him) attempting to understand why he is being held to blame for the murder of the most boring man in England: a middle aged theocrat with a shoe fetish.

In short: buy this book. It is cheap and it will make you laugh. And if Amazon put the price up buy it anyway. It may be expensive but it will still make you laugh.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 9 Oct. 2013
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I'm a fan of medieval murder mysteries and am a great lover of Susanna Gregory's Bartholomew series. I stumbled on this book looking for something slightly different by an alternative author. So glad I found this! Written well, funny and full of twists and turns. At times I was unable to put the book down ! I enjoyed it so much I have purchased the sequels and can't wait to get into them. I can not recommend this book enough . Specially good value on Kindle!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted Medieval Murders! 19 Dec. 2011
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I enjoyed this book! I am a lover of the Medieval Murder writers, and read quite a lot of different authors in this catagory, so I thought I would try this as it is a bargin price read. This was a fun read and had me rolling laughing several times! what a great story and the monks are wonderful! loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hermitage Rules! 6 Feb. 2014
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Having read the definitive (well, perhaps not) account of what happened just after the Battle of Hastings by Howard of Warwick, I loved this book too. It features a young monk, Hermitage, living in a monastery run like a prison camp. Hermitage is unfortunately present when a senior monk dies, apparently naturally. The hilarious tale of what follows takes in a plot that emerges only slowly, but that doesn't matter as the story has so many funny moments and twists and turns that it keeps the reader guessing - and chuckling - all the way through. Even King Harold, taking a break from his journey south for his punch-up with William, gets in on the act. Will Hermitage be hung for murder, will he unmask the real killer, what is Wat, who on earth are the main characters really, and what are they all doing there? All these and more are finally revealed to a greater or lesser extent, and none of it matters anyway, because this is such a fun book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise 29 Nov. 2013
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Hadn't a clue what to expect from this writer. Never Heard of him or this Kindle book Before I accidentaly stumbled upon it searching for something else. Lucky for me.
It is a funny whodunnit piece, played out in medieval times. Good enough for me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun 9 Nov. 2013
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This is not your usual medieval detective murder mystery, such as Brother Athelstan or Cadfael. Hermitage and Cadfael are both monks. That's where the similarity ends. Those wanting Cadfael incarnations will be disappointed. This is an excellent story and character in its own right. Howard of Warwick puts a human face on his characters - ones that we can identify with and that is an important skill for any writer: the ability to enable the reader to identify with their character's personality/psychology. If the character doesn't appeal to me I lose interest in what happens to him/her. This is not a problem with Hermitage or Wat.

The story is both funny and endearing. I like Hermitage's naive outlook on life and Wat's exasperation with Hermitage. They are perfect foils for each other. It's easy to visualise Hermitage getting lost in the forest, bumping in to Wat in Lincoln. I found this book very funny - the situations Hermitage gets into and his reactions as well as the commentary thought processes that run through his mind.

I have got the other 2 volumes on my kindle waiting to be read. There is also a short story out there - Hermitage Shorts No 1, which is available on a rival ebook format but not kindle. Shame. Come on Amazon, deliver the goods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Recommended story
Great read! Recommended story!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. P. M. Celikbilek
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read- a real joy
I have never read a book with so much wry comedy, I laughed so much. A very Good story too. I am looking forward to the next one
Published 2 months ago by Marie Simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars just don't...
Very poorly written, verging on the childish. Unnecessarily long winded and in no way imaginable could this offering be described as 'laugh-out-loud funny' as some reviewers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Could not get into it. Couldn't warm to the characters. Not for me
Published 5 months ago by Canary57
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read and very good story with so much fun
really good read and very good story with so much fun! I have laughed much with all the characters of the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M R CALABRIN
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some laughs along the way with a twist to the plot,
Published 5 months ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series of easy reading, laugh out loud narratives. Love Wat the weaver and Hermatige.
Published 6 months ago by Maria 55
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quite amusing I must get the sequel
Published 6 months ago by H. P. Tavenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely funny!
Published 6 months ago by Norma Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker of a book!
I came across this book by chance and I'm so glad I did,it's a corker! Buy it and then buy the next one...I have and I guarantee you won't be sorry... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wildy
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