The Grim Reaper (A Crowner John Mystery)

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Sixth novel in the increasingly popular mediaeval mystery series featuring Crowner John, Devon's first county coroner. May 1195, and Sir John de Wolfe is faced with a strange series of serial murders, which begins with the suffocation of a Jewish money-lender and proceeds through that of a London harlot, a dissolute priest and a burgess suspected of abusing young boys. The common factor is that an appropriate Biblical text is left at each murder scene, the mode of which reflects the alleged sin of the victim. This means that a literate and Bible-learned killer is involved - which, in an age where only 1% of the population can read or write - can only be a priest. There are seventeen parish churches in Exeter, so the killer could be any one of about a hundred clerics. Crowner John sets about to discover the identity of the homicidal priest.

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Medieval England is powerfully evoked in these gritty forensic investigations, with Sir John de Wolfe, Devon's first county coroner, at the heart of each riveting tale. Bernard Knight, CBE, is Professor of Pathology at the University of Wales College of Medicine. During his distinguished forty-year career as a coroner, he was involved in many of Britain's major criminal cases.

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Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, became a Home Office Pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980. The author of ten novels, a biography and numerous popular and academic non-fiction books, he has written five books in the Crowner John series, The Sanctuary Seeker, The Poisoned Chalice, Crowner's Quest, The Awful Secret and The Tinner's Corpse.

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