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Ritual Murder (Benjamin Jurnet #2)

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In the cathedral of Angleby, in Norfolk, England, a choirboy lies dead, murdered and mutilated. Detective Inspector Benjamin Jurnet is in charge of the case and fears the killer may not be found quickly and that anti-Jewish feeling may arise to cause difficulties. He sets out to discover the truth--and the murderer.
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Crimeline (first published 1982)
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Nancy Oakes
This is 3.5 star book rounded up to 4. Detective Inspector Ben Jurnet, in Norfolk, is sent to Angleby Cathedral to investigate some graffiti written on one of the Cathedral walls. At the cathedral, a well-known media-loving professor is leading an excavation of the tomb of Little St. Ulf, a child who was killed and horribly mutilated in the middle ages, at which time his death was blamed on the Jews of the town. After gathering evidence and information on potential suspects for the vandalization ...more
Oct 05, 2012 ricoeurian rated it it was amazing
Ritual Murder by S T Haymon is a chilling story of a gruesome copycat murder committed in the cathedral of Angleby (modelled on Norwich). Detective Inspector Ben Jurnet, a series character for S T Haymon, must discover who has committed what looks like a medieval Jewish ritual murder before the anti-Semitic tensions fired up by the killing set the city ablaze.
DI Jurnet is a great character - moody, intelligent, and compassionate - who is depicted with brilliant texture in his personal and profes
Nov 22, 2012 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
Ben Jurnet feels it isn’t really his job to investigate blasphemous graffiti in Angleby Cathedral but that is what he has been asked to do. But when an apparently ritual murder of a choir boy leads to a political demonstration getting out of hand he finds himself in the middle of something much more serious. Political and racial tensions in the city are coming to a head and are mirroring events which took place nearly one thousand years ago when the murder of little St Ulf polarised feelings. To ...more
Nov 28, 2013 George rated it liked it
More than just a murder mystery set in a small English town. The murder of a youngster is similar to the murder of a youngster in 1144 which sets off anti Jewish riots and killings in the town. It triggers anti Jewish demonstrations and attacks upon Jewish businesses and increased tensions within the town. This is just one of the several subplots to the murder investigation. The murder has a bit of a surprise solution while not all the subplots are resolved so you're wondering about them.
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Quite good. A little too slow at the beginning, though.
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"One of the purest lyric voices in the mystery field" New York Times Book Review

Sylvia Theresa Haymon was born in Norwich, and is best known for her eight crime fiction novels featuring the character Inspector Ben Jurnet. Haymon also wrote two non-fiction books for children, as well as two memoirs of her childhood in East Anglia.

The Ben Jurnet series enjoyed success in both the UK and the US durin
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