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1192: Returning from the Holy Land at the end of the Third Crusade, Sir John de Wolfe, finds England simmering with rebellion and the body of the king’s courier washed up on the shores of the River Exe. Tasked by the Chief Justiciar to discover why the man died and who killed him, Sir John is drawn unwillingly into affairs of state. His new career as a king's coroner is about to begin.…
©2012 Bernard Knight (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By "unknown" on 11-07-12

Great Introduction to the Series

This is an excellent introduction to the Crowner John Series. There is quite a lot of detail on the return from the Holy Land which gives a good account of the roundabout journey the Lionheart took and his eventual capture.

Once back in Exeter we are introduced to all the characters who will play leading roles in the series- Nesta, Matilda and even Thomas and of course all the men at Rougemont castle. We even meet Richard de Revelle who tries to become Sheriff with the aid of Prince John.

While there are a few minor mysteries and murders for John to solve they are small but yet important to the role he will eventually play. All the future antagonism are shown in their beginning stages.

Anyone who has listened to any of the Crowner John books will surely want this book and if you are just starting the series this is a great introduction for you meet all the important character who are permanent features in the later books.

The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 is because of the reader. Paul Matthews has read all the previous books in the series and while Colin Mace is not bad, Paul Matthews had already created the voices for the character and is sorely missed not to be reading this introduciton.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 12-15-13

Great book but don't judge the series by this one

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend but it's not one of the best and the series is much better than this one

What other book might you compare Crowner's Crusade to, and why?

The series is a fascinating one and you can learn so much about the period which is lacking in May other books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Colin Mace’s performances?

No, I didn't find his style of delivery interesting at all and his change of accents was not a patch on Paul Matthews. I found some of the accents positively irritating and he had a tendency to drone!

Do you think Crowner's Crusade needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I don't think there is anything to add but it was informative for those of us who have read all the previous books as it gave detail to how Crowner John became what he was and his relationship with King Richard which has been alluded to throughout the series.

Any additional comments?

I found the Crowner John series, riveting and couldn't wait for the next one! I do hope that Bernard Knight finds another role for Crowner John so we can hear more of him and his interesting characters? The setting and time period is particularly fascinating as there is no better author for the realistic descriptions of medieval life than Bernard Knight.

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