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Crowner John is summoned to investigate the murder of a tin miner. The victim worked for Devon's most powerful and successful mine owner, Walter Knapman. There seems, to be only one motive - to sabotage Walter's business. But the tinners have their own laws, and they are none too pleased at Crowner John's interference. How on earth can Crowner John sort all this out when his own life is in turmoil?
©2002 Bernard Knight (P)2003 W F Howes Ltd
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By Marie on 05-08-13

The Cranky Crowner

So refreshing to meet an unapologetically flawed character. Crowner John, the man in black, cheats on his wife and his mistress but defends the right of the accused criminal to fair treatment. He shouts, he stomps, he hates his in-laws. You've got to love it. I've been reading a lot of historical mysteries and this may be my new favorite. The author easily weaves medieval history, culture and vocabulary into the story. The settings are gritty and real. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 only because I didn't like the ending; I felt the author took the easy way out. That said, I will be visiting Crowner John again soon.

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By Su L on 02-24-18

History on my doorstop!

I really enjoyed this book it’s not often I find a book that has been set in my own home town. The authors research is amazing, and has helped me learn loads!
The story was brilliant and with many twists and turns.
But one thing still remains - who DID kill the unfortunate Mr Knapman?

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By d on 06-04-14


What disappointed you about The Tinner's Corpse?

same old plot

Would you ever listen to anything by Bernard Knight again?

might do , might not

How did the narrator detract from the book?

did the best of a bad job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

like most of the other crowner john books but not this one

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