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The Grim Reaper

(Crowner John Mystery #6)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In May 1195, Sir John de Wolfe is summoned to inspect a corpse in Exeter’s cathedral precinct. Aaron of Salisbury, a Jewish money-lender, has been found dead, his head enveloped in a brown leather money bag, a scrap of folded parchment clutched in his hand. On it is written “And Jesus went into the temple and overthrew the tables of the money-changers.” This is just the ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Simon Schuster UK
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Crowner John is yet again trying to sort out the mess he's made with all the women in his life. This book had more politics and priests than ever before, some rather deranged characters as well. I thought both aspects made the story a little slow and dense.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sort of slow until about half way through the book, so not my favorite. It is a favorite series though, love the period detail!
I only have one more to read, wish they could go on forever!
Wayne Farmer
I'm really enjoying these Crowner (Coroner) John mysteries and this one offered up more than the usual number of suspects for the reader to ponder as to who-dunnit. As always the story was also full of rich historical detail, and it was interesting to see the workings of the different court systems inside and outside of the church, and how the Cathedral in Exeter worked with the numerous small churches in the city.
Can't wait for the next one.
Wilde Sky
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
In 1195 a number of murders are committed. Are the deaths the work of a religious zealot?

I found this book read like a text book – full of detail / unnecessary explanations that distracted from the wafer thin plot. This book definitely needed an edit / a number of rewrites.

I would only recommend it to people that enjoy history text books.
Sabi Edwards
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had difficulty at first in starting this, but once I was able to get past all the character introductions, I really liked the book a lot and am interesting in reading more of Crowner John Mysteries
Cat Sheely
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The premise of the book sounded interesting and it started out OK. I got to page 198 and things still were in the introduction stage. I could not get into it as nothing seemed to be happening. Put it down and did not finish it.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Medieval mystery series. Must start from the beginning to know all the characters. Crowner John is the main man. He has 2 assistants and works to solve mysteries while trying to keep his wife & mistresses happy. Good stories, but not as detailed as could be.
Allan Azouz
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
A fun little mystery
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, historical
Not as good as Brother Cadfeal, but another easy going mystery of the same vein. Could take or leave the series, I think.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Another interesting yarn with an insight into life in 12th century Devon
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
The Grim Reaper (Crowner John Mysteries) by Bernard Knight (2005)
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
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Avis Gill
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading these books! The details, the mystery and the author really are great.
I recommend his books to anyone who enjoys mysteries from the 1100's in England.
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Susan by: Fantasy Fiction book list
Excellent, suspense mystery as to who the reaper was & poor Thomas suspected.
Good historical content. Loved it
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Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, (born 1931) became a Home Office pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980. He has been writing since before 1963, when his first crime novel was published. Since then, he has written about thirty books, including contemporary crime fiction, historical novels about Wales,

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