The Tainted Relic (Medieval Murderers Group 1) Paperback – 5 Jun 2006
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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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Each 'act' is by one of a number of well known medieval murder mystery authors. They have used it to each create a single stand-alone murder mystery, using their well known individual characters from their own series (such as Crowner John or Matthew Bartholomew) but incorporates the tainted relic of the title at a different period. Each story therefore also carries forward the history of this relic in a continuous time line.
I very much enjoyed most of the stories though the Elizabethan least of all but, there again, that is not my favourite historical period. A very good read.
The 'Sword of Shame' is now calling me to read it. If that is as good as this one I will definitely go for more.
Prologue - Jerusalem 1100, pages 1-27, written by Simon Beaufort*
Act One - Devonshire 1194, pages 28-108, written by Bernard Knight
Act Two - Oxford 1269, pages 109-194, written by Ian Morson
Act Three - Lincolnshire, 1323, pages 195-293, written by Michael Jecks
Act Four - Cambridge, 1353, pages 294-425, written by Susanna Gregory*
Act Five - London, 16??, pages 426-500, written by Philip Gooden
Epilogue - London, 2005, two pages, written by Bernard Knight
*Beaufort is the pseudonym of Gregory
I had already read a novel by one of the authors featured here and had not liked the style of writing, but I did want to use this method to find out whether I might enjoy reading the works of some of the other authors. The book served it's purpose in that way, but this particular novel is not something I would ever wish to read again.Read more ›
The fact that the episodes are set within such a comparatively limited time span also adds to the feeling of deja vu as ingredients of the world of this period recur repeatedly. Despite this I did not come away knowing anything more in detail of the historical background or even of religious relics. The fact that this was a series of short stories meant there was no momentum or feeling of development.
In short, I felt the authors hamstrung themselves in this first collaboration by choosing an over-specific linking object that dictated the shape of the narratives and gave little scope for individuality. I hope maybe further collaborations learnt from and avoided this - but don't feel sufficiently motivated to find out.
As a regular reader of historical whodunnits and of some of these authors I had high hopes for this and was sorry not to enjoy it more.
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Good idea in principle but not in execution, some writing styles better than others and a bit disjointed.Published 13 months ago by jason bourne
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Good concept, badly executed (excuse the pun. Read more
As usual a good medieval adventure, it really gives us an insight into what life was really like. If only I had more time to read my books!Published on 25 May 2013 by josmum
This is the first medieval murderers book I have read having read all the Crowner John series by Bernard Knight. Read morePublished on 24 April 2013 by X20XEV
The concept behind this is excellent. Here you have five of the best Medieval murder writers, each writing a story using their featured characters with a common thread running... Read morePublished on 1 May 2012 by Dodster
The idea of having several authors involved in producing one story is interesting but I feel the story perhaps flows a little less smoothly. Read morePublished on 9 May 2011 by Roger Pickard