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The Lost Prophecies (The Medieval Murderers #4)

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  211 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
575 AD: A baby is washed up on the Irish coast and is taken to the nearest abbey. He grows up to become a scholar and a monk, but, in early adulthood, he appears to have become possessed, scribbling endless strange verses in Latin. When the Abbott tries to have him drowned, he disappears. Later, his scribblings turn up as the Book of Bran, his writings translated as porten ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published June 2nd 2008)
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May 29, 2014 æsc rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I enjoy the Medieval Murderers' books for what they are--short stories you can dip in and out of, some brilliant and some not entirely satisfying. The Lost Prophecies is one of the best of the bunch, following the adventures of people who come into contact with a manuscript of prophecies written by an otherworldly Irish monk.

By 'not entirely satisfying,' I mostly mean that I like to have more things tied up than are in most of these stories. This is the nature of short stories anyway, of course
An interesting concept (six mystery stories by different writers, strung together by a book of prophecies written by a 7th Century Irish Monk). Sadly, not as cool as advertized. About half of the stories didn't do much for me and most of them took a while to get into, which meant, that by the time a story had grabbed by interest, it was usually 2/3rds over. To be honest, I'd grabbed this book because I'm a fan of authors Gooden and Sanson (chapters V and VI)and I was expecting these writers' cha ...more
Tracy Terry
Jan 31, 2012 Tracy Terry rated it liked it
A novel written by not one, not two, but six well known British crime writers who each take a turn in writing an 'act' all of which are connected by the main premise which is the book of prophecies written by a sixth century Irish monk.

Albeit with a central theme, this, when all is said and done, is a collection of short stories which, as many of you know, isn't a favourite genre of mine, but I decided to give it a go as I was interested to read something else by C.J. Sansom (I love his Shardlak
Jun 23, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it it was ok
Shelves: bibliotheque, 2010
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Jan 09, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
An interesting compilation of stories from some masterful story tellers. The link between the stories is a little less weaker than in other compilations of The Medieval Murderers and the description of 'medieval' is not necessarily accurate. However, a good read with some real gems. Definitely recommended.
Nov 14, 2011 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval
A pretty cool concept, with 6 English medieval mystery writers teaming up to write 6 loosely related short stories. A nice book if you know you will need to start/stop often. Each chapter/act can definitely live on its own and be read in any order... just need to read the prologue first.

I liked some of the stories much better than the others. For example, I enjoyed Bernard Knight and Ian Morson a bunch - they wrote the first two acts. The final act was actually into the future and gave an intere
Mar 18, 2015 Siobhan rated it it was ok
The book started well enough, but I hit a roadblock in Act II. I couldn't get through more than four pages. Mr Morson, I will never buy your books.
The last chapter's setup blew me away - marvelously thought out and terrifyingly possible.

I am not a great fan of the short story, much preferring to immerse myself in longer narratives and more detailed character studies than the format allows.

Plus, although I quite enjoyed this collection of linked short stories, I think I would have enjoyed them more if I'd been more familiar with the characters in the stories who have made their appearances in the various historical murder mysteries series penned by the authors. I had heard of their books but not yet read any aside from Sansom's
H. P. Reed
Rarely have I enjoyed a string of historical stories so much as these. Strung together over time, these stories begin with the prophetic writings of a confused monk named Bran in the seventh century CE and end in a sci-fi Earth in 2135. The prophecies are written in much the same style as those of Nostradamus and are not really understood by those who read them until after they've been fulfilled. The book is not the work of one authors, but by 6 writers calling themselves the Mystery Murderers: ...more
Lady of the Lake
Jul 30, 2010 Lady of the Lake rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-book
Hmm....not a favorite, not one I'm going to recommend. But I did finish it so it had something to it because I will never waste my time on anything that doesn't give me something. As with many of my books lately due to summer driving back and forth between lake house and city I had this read to me in it's audio version. I think perhaps if I were reading the hard copy I may not have finished it. So it's a 2.5 out of 5 stars really. Much to be said for the audio narrator doing and excellent job.
Dec 28, 2009 Pamela rated it it was ok
Interesting if you like to pick up a few details of life in medieval (mostly) England and Europe. Six writers each produce a mystery based on a theme - a 7th century fictional book of prophecies written by an Irish monk provokes people of later centuries to commit mayhem and murder. The writers possess varying degrees of talent - none brilliant. Some of the stories drag, others beggar belief. My favorite, and perhaps the most successful because the author limited the variables, takes place in a ...more
A collection of short stories centred around the theme of the Black Book of Bran, containing various prophecies by a seventh century Irish monk. I didn't enjoy this as much as earlier collections by the Medieval Murderers although some stories were better than others. New boy on the block C.J. Sansom adds a futuristic tale on the subject and, as much as I love his writing and liked this story, I didn't think it sat well with the other stories.
Mar 11, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
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Mar 12, 2012 Ice Bear rated it really liked it
A divergent path for this set of linked stories as it finishes in the future, sort of a 'down to earth' cloud atlas. In addition some more linking of historical notes. I am warming to this series.
This once is about perspective and interpretation, due to the period in which these books take place, religion is a key element, both the mystery and the misuse.
Jan 13, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
An addled monk writes down his "prophecies" in the 7th Century. A series of mystery authors wrote stories revolving around these prophecies at different times in the book's life. I had high hopes and still enjoyed this read but found it lacking. I wish one of the authors had written the entire book so the writing would flow.
Jan 18, 2011 Hilary rated it liked it
It was a fun read. The Medieval Murderers are a collection of authors who write mystery novels set in Medieval times. I enjoyed this because each author used their own detectives, so I was introduced to some new authors, and read some favourites. I may or may not check out some others in the series, though.
Jan 17, 2011 Noel rated it it was ok
This book proves that it is unwise to judge a book by its cover. I absolutely loved the cover and totally didn't like the book :-(

The book combines two genres which I normally don't engage in: short stories and murder mysteries. Bring them together and... what was I thinking???

Sian Taylor
I really enjoyed this book. As it is written by 6 different authors, you had to deal with six different writing styles, however I thought this contributed to my enjoyment of it. Weaving six different stories around a central theme also ensured continuity throughout the novel.
Larry Wentzel
Jun 30, 2012 Larry Wentzel rated it really liked it
AS a compilation, I liked some of the mysteries more than others. As most were historical mysteries, I liked the way they recreated the periods in the course of the stories. I did not care for the last mystery, as it was a sci-fi mystery that was out of keeping with the rest.
Georgia Lengyel
As with the previous books of this series I have read, there are some authors I like very much - some of my favorite English historical mystery writers - and others I really don't care for that much.
Jul 08, 2013 Alice rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, other
Each writer tells a portion of the Black Book of Bran's history.

I was reading for CJ Sansom's portion--2135 interesting --Alice was name of Silva's lover (protagonist of that portion)
Jan 30, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
Interesting short stories that beg the question, does knowledge of a prophecy make it self-fulfilling? Overall not bad diversion, but don't expect much in the way of an ending.
Jul 28, 2011 Sophie rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, 2011-list
This anthology is not strong enough for a 3 stars, but it's also rather a 2.5 than just a 2 stars. stories are interesting but while some were good, I struggled a bit with others.
Sep 06, 2013 Cathy rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really do intend to finish this book. I just need it to be on a vacation or a long weekend when I am o.k. with something a little slower.
Mar 19, 2012 Nan rated it liked it
Enjoyed the majority of the acts in this story, but not the last one. It seemed to be a little over the top from the rest of the book.
Doreen Dalesandro
Feb 26, 2011 Doreen Dalesandro rated it it was ok
Five (or six) stories in which an ancient book of prophecies plays a central role. I just could not get into in.
Oct 05, 2013 Danderdonk rated it liked it
The last chapter, by cj sansom was the best. The story has stuck in my mind, and comes back to me occasionally.
May 07, 2011 Martijn rated it liked it
A nice book but sometimes a little tough to get through. A bit of a medieval detective story but not quit.
Sep 01, 2015 Sonny rated it really liked it
Another great set of short stories with a single artifact at their core. Loved it...
Dec 07, 2011 Tammy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended in the book, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading.
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