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The First Murder (Medieval Murderers Group 8) Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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"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" "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" "Six strong narratives." -- "Publishers Weekly" "[An] intriguing mystery." -- "Library Journal" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
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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Two stars for a few vaguely amusing incidents and for some snippets of historical information.
The basic idea of a book written in 5 parts by different authors has one weakness and it shows in "The First Murder".It can be spoiled if you don't like the writing style or characters of one of the sections and i don't happen to like the characters "Doll Pocket" and "Joe Malinferno" by Ian Morson.This apart it was aan enjoyable read.
None of the authors gives a distinctive voice to any individual characters, and they remain entirely one dimensional. For example, one leading character who is close to term with her pregnancy, yet that aspect appears to have been forgotten. This particular story seems to have been a Western originally. It has been very badly transposed to the Middle Ages with a remorselessly evil 'black hat' toting a pair of crossbows. Really!
Other stories in this book are written with melodramatic flourishes that would be just the thing to entertain the reader who adores Barbara Cartland.
As the jacket says, this is the sort of thing one might pick up at an airport. It is initially distracting to fill a short spell of tedium but is not missed when it is left on the 'plane or the beach.
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