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The Tinner's Corpse (Crowner John Mystery #5)

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When Crowner John is summoned to the bleak Devonshire moors to investigate the murder of a tin miner, he has little idea how difficult this new investigation will prove to be. The victim is a trusted and well-loved overman of Devon's most powerful and successful mine owner, Walter Knapman. There seems to be only one possible motive - to sabotage Walter's business. But the ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Simon Schuster UK (first published August 1st 2001)
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Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crowner John is my favorite series ( 2 others very close) and my all time "Comfort read". What is a comfort read? Well I know the characters, who have depth, the history is excellent and period details work very well for me as well as being a favorite era.

What to do now? Well I missed one in the series so must get that one. If you haven't explored Bernard's Knight's writing, I feel that you should!
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as predictable as I feared. Knight presents a fairly believable, flawed character but like most authors in this genre I was not convinced I was really in the Middle Ages. There are some old chestnuts: the people we are supposed to like all side with King Richard and those we are meant not to like favour his younger brother, Prince John. Thankfully neither of those august persons made an appearance. The protagonist, like many an over-busy person, lacks the insight to examine his own motives a ...more
Wayne Farmer
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crowner-john
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A headless corpse is found which plunges Crowner John into the world of the tinners. Then one of the tin masters goes missing and turns up dead so he has to investigate that as well. Throw in the usual problems with his wife and mistress plus a little extra strife with Thomas and Gwyn and you have the usual plot for a book in this series. Very enjoyable and easy to read.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sometimes, even in an excellent series, there might just be one that doesn't work. This is one of those unfortunates. Turning the pages became a laborious chore as I was hoping for a change of tempo. It never happened.
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Nicola Cartlidge
Feb 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very boring
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Great series, but this entry was pretty boring. Too much focus on mining in the Middle Ages, which I'm sure interests some people but not me!
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm angry; that's all I'm going to say, or this would have to be tagged a spoiler.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, the stories get better & better. Plenty of historical fact, mystery & suspense, + a look into how the people lived in that era, romance, violence, passion it contains it all.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
A very easy going romp around parts of Devon in the 12th century.
Georgia Lengyel
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I had a hard time getting into this one, but after about 5 chapters, couldn't put it down. Poor John. He doesn't seem to have any luck with women. Maybe his wife will go into the convent.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice that it wasn't all wrapped up with a nice little bow at the end.

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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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