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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reprint edition (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398321
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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

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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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading `The Sacred Stone' by the Mediaeval Murderers and found it a fascinating concept. Five different historical novelists take the single idea of a strange stone, reputed to possess curative powers and - in the wrong hands - the power to summon demons, and they write about its progress through the Middle Ages. Each author specialises in a different period of history and created a unique story around the mystique of the stone.

A shard from an ancient Arctic meteorite, the sacred stone becomes legendary and the centre of controversy and crime. Theft, mayhem and murder follow it wherever it goes - and it goes a long way. From Greenland to Ireland, England and France the stone is handed from one distinctive character to another. The five stories are rich in historical detail and take the reader on an enjoyable romp through six centuries. Every aspect of Mediaeval life is portrayed from the court of Edward III to the plight of the persecuted Jews in Norwich and the subjugation of the serfs in rural Devon. I was a little surprised that the final story took us out of the Mediaeval era and into the world of Shakespeare's London, but as it contained the best description of a hangover I have ever read, I am not unduly bothered by this anomaly.

My only complaint is that the eBook contained no details about which author wrote which section, and it required detective work on my part to find out more about the creators of my favourite characters and stories in 'The Sacred Stone.'
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I love historical fiction and I love all the authors involved in this book.The short stories were very well written with good characterisation but my only criticism was the part of the story involved with the magic/evil/healing properties of the stone. Ok but I prefer my stories to be filled with clues and intrigue - not a great 'magic' fan.I will try other books by this group though as the standard of writing was great. A good holiday read.
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What a good interesting character. Real insight to the church and law at this time. Insight to education, law and order at this scary time in history.
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Not sure if this works - that is many authors for one book using the same theme. Some chapters are better written than others and there is very little substance to the stories, but it is an easy and sometimes entertaining read and I enjoyed the real historical facts outlined at the end of each chapter which facilitated the writers to build up their fiction stories. I read it on Kindle.
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The book is split into a number of different stories with the sky stone being the central point of interest. Each story made a very fascinating read and the authors really showed humankind at its best and worse. One of the best boks that I have bought for my Kindle, which I would thoroughly recommend.
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The collaboration of authors was a little bizarre, some I liked more than others. I definitely thought I could tell which chapter Sansome wrote. But was an interesting story stretching over many years and an idea unlike any other I have read. Part fantasy part murder mystery.
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A cracking offering from a group of top notch historical fiction crime writers. Here in this offering they take the reader on a journey through time following one artifact in each of their own indomitable writing styles. Each story is a great offering on its own and when read as a whole was a great overall story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Add to the mix the real talent of so many authors backed up with a good overall arc and cracking dialogue and it's a book that really will keep fans of historical crime satisfied.
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I bought this book after reading about it on Karen Maitland's website. Loved it and being a fan of historical fiction, I will be checking out further publications.
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