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The Sin Eater (Thomas Berrington Historical Mystery Book 3) by [Penny, David]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in Thomas Berrington (4 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3331 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533027544
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: River Tree Print (11 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DCK6QSY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like the characters Thomas Berrington and Jorge very much they bounce off each other very well -Jorge the eunuch and Thomas a surgeon with a dark past. I cannot for the life of me understand why he is so drawn to Helena and who he doesn't like but finds drawn to her whilst Lubna is the well rounded person he truly feels genuine love for and really is his feminine self. In this book Thomas and Jorge chase a sin eater for one city in Spain to another always just one step away from catching the killer (I am not going to say who it is because it will spoil the book for someone else). I have the Incubus (volume 4) left to read and I want to read it BUT at the same time because it is the last volume I want to keep it unread for a while. I have found the characters and plots are as captivating as the Jack Reacher books by Lee Childs, except they are in the 13th century, whilst Jack is modern day. I would say read The Red Hill and the Bone Breaker first and then The Sin eater. I must agree with other reviewers though, that this volume is the weakest of the first three books, but still a very good read.
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I'm finding these books impossible to put down. Just downloaded the fourth. The characters come to life on the pages and the stories have been about power grabbing sultans, mad monks and emotionally damaged concubines. What's not to like! Will be bereft as the fourth is the last in the series - so far at least
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Quite a good read, with some interesting twists. Certainly not the worst book I have read by a long way. Set in Andalusia towards the end of the Moorish occupation and bridging both sides of the conflict.
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Very good book of medieval who.done-it weaved Around the Moors and Spanish at the time of the Inquisition. Fans of Shardlake, will love
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I am finding the life of Thomas and Jorge, their travels, private lives and adventures really fascinating and looking forward to the next. Brilliant.
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Good characters, fast paced.
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Another terrific read in David Penny's series of medieval murder mystery stories, which I lap up the minute they are available. It's one of those series in which you get to know the key characters so well - in particular English doctor Thomas Berrington, and his sidekick, Yorge the eunuch (an interesting Watson to his Holmes, with the medical skills transferred to the detective!)

As in the first two in this series, the crimes are extraordinary and imaginative, and grisly enough to grip you without trailing gratuitous blood and gore throughout the text, which for this reader at least would be a turn-off.

Penny is a master at creating a sense of place and atmosphere, and in bringing together characters whose culture and heritage should ensure conflict, though often results in unlikely friendships and collboration instead. He is also terrific at producing memorable villains, and without giving anything away about the plot, I have to say the climax of this book is on a par with one of Holmes's famous encounters with his nemesis, Moriarty. I know it's a cliche to say it, but this really would make a great film.

As to the historical content, I know very little about the era and place in which the book is set, but found the book contained enough material drip-fed in, interspersed with the plot, to inform me without lecturing, and to intrigue me to want to learn more about it. And one opportunity to learn more that I shall definitely be taking up will be to read future books in this series, on which I am now completely hooked.

Disclosure: I received a free ARC in return for an honest review.
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I read this book over a period of one day. So very well written and historically accurate. Well rounded characters and believable plot. One can imagine oneself in 15th century Moorish Spain. Look forward to reading the next book and highly recommend this series. A detective story set in a fascinating period of history. Well done Mr Penny.
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