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The 14th gripping murder mystery to feature 12th century coroner, Crowner John With the city of Exeter ravaged by an outbreak of the "yellow plague," Sir John de Wolfe, the county coroner, must divide his time between visiting his sick brother, William, who has been struck down by the disease, and dealing with a series of brutal murders that appears to be linked to a revival of heresy in the city.
When some of the cathedral canons begin a crusade against this danger to the Church, Sir John finds himself accused of being too sympathetic to the heretics, bringing him into conflict with the ecclesiastic authorities. As the situation worsens, the coroner must seek sanctuary in order to save his skin.
Can he survive long enough to unmask the real killer?
About the Author
Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, became a Home Office Pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980. During his 40-year career with the Home Office, he performed over 25,000 autopsies, and was involved in many high profile cases, including that of Fred and Rose West (he examined all twelve bodies that were recovered) and the child killer, Mary Bell. The author of ten novels, a biography and numerous popular and academic non-fiction books, he has written the Crowner John mystery series.
"Meaty and entertaining . . . will appeal to Ellis Peters fans." --"Library Journal" on "The Elixir of Death"
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.4 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.218