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House of Shadows (The Medieval Murderers #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  213 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Bermondsey Priory, 1114: A young chaplain succumbs to the temptations of the flesh and suffers a gruesome punishment. From that moment the monastery is cursed and over the next 500 years, murder and treachery abound inside its hallowed walls. A beautiful young bride found dead two days before her wedding; a ghostly figure warns of impending doom; there is a plot to depose ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2007)
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Dec 26, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical mystery lovers
A wonderful mystery collaboration by several authors. The story is tied into one abbey, and is a compendium of short mystery stories taking place over several centuries. I liked some of the stories/writing styles better than others, but thought the concept was brilliant.
Michael Jecks
Jan 24, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own
I enjoyed this. The concept was a hard one, because trying to think of a new theme for Medieval Murderers wasn't ever going to be easy, but when we hit upon the idea of a monastery on the south bank of the Thames, the story began to take off.
I have to say, I cheated.
Whereas all my colleagues got very intrigued with the internal layout of the convent, looking to archaeological records and ancient reports, I had other books to write, so instead I sat down and looked at what the marshes and surro
Paula Henderson
Nov 01, 2016 Paula Henderson rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. I could picture myself in the midst of things
I did some research to find a new author who might dabble in medieval murder mysteries since I have run out of Ellis Peters books to read. This looked interesting, and the added perk of the author being listed simply as "the medieval murderers" sounded fun, in a bookish way. This particular book is a series of short stories all relating to the same setting and referring back to each other as they span hundreds of years time around a certain priory near London. Unfortunately, the authors have ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Oria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I kind of expected more from this book. Mystery and murder, combined with various characters playing detectives along the years on a seemingly haunted location could have been a great basis for a story but in this case it fell just short of interesting. It's a book about the story and not about characters and I really wanted to like it more...
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Feb 16, 2012 Ice Bear rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than the Tainted relic. A reappearance for some of the characters. The short stories being based around Bermondsey Monastrey. There was more continuity in this one. A good holiday read.
Aliss Halle
Oct 09, 2012 Aliss Halle rated it liked it
Uneven, but to be expected because it's got five different authors. Still loving the concept of an object (in this case a building) that traces its way through five novellas. Found the "surprise" of the epilogue a bit predictable (maybe it wasn't meant to be a surprise?).
Aug 09, 2014 Hypatia rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
A light, fun read for the most part. Some chapters are definitely better than others. I was amused by the chapter in which Juliet Capun was married in secret by a Friar Lawrence. I was less amused by the description of a number of characters watching a lunar eclipse in the pouring rain.
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Mar 20, 2014 Glynis O'halloran rated it liked it
The Medieval Murderers books are very similar in essemce but there is something compulsive about them that I enjoy.
Feb 08, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
Not quite as good as the other books in the series. Perhaps the premise made it a bit more difficult.
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