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The Crowner John mysteries are the best if you like 12the and Early 13th Century Medievel England. They are really great. You get a real feel for life in those time and the books are filled with a real depth of character and period detail. The plots are drawn from the archives of Exeter so there is a great deal of versimilitude about them. Paul Matthews is a great reader who lends uniqueness to every character.
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No matter how I feel about a Crowner John story, I always learn something. In this case, the story centers around the shipping business from a port near Exeter. This book is not where to start, however, if you are just discovering the series. One of the issues I have with Knight's stories is that he repeats some facts about the characters over and over. In the The Manor of Death, the repetitions began to wear on me. I realize that any of the books in the series could be read as a stand alone and it is important to have some backstory on characters, but in this book it bothered me, in particular because it is so late in the series and some continuing story lines have been resolved. In fact, there seemed to be a few paragraphs reused from another book (I have been listening to them all a second time). It did take away from my enjoyment of the story.
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