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The Sacred Stone Paperback – Jul 21 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reprint edition (July 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398321
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With the combined imaginations of Bernard Knight, Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Ian Morson, and Philip Gooden, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Perfect for the holidays."  —Daily Mail

"Monks, mists, madness, taverns: the evocation of a strange but familiar Other Britain shrouded in time . . . A must for historical crime buffs and an ideal starting point for any reader new to the genre." —Tangled Web on The Tainted Relic

About the Author

Bernard Knight, a former Home Office pathologist, is the author of the acclaimed Crowner John series. Former police officer Susanna Gregory's novels feature Matthew Bartholomew, a C14th Cambridge physician. Karen Maitland is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling C14th mysteries Company of Liars and The Owl Killers. Philip Gooden writes Shakespearean murder mysteries. Ian Morson is the author of the Oxford-based Falconer series.

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The Medieval Murderers are a group of British historical crime fiction writers (in this case, Karen Maitland, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Philip Gooden, Ian Morson and Simon Beaufort) who start with a particular object and take it through its criminal history from, say, the Dark Ages to the present. In "The Sacred Stone," that object is a curiously shaped meteorite, a small but heavy rock that sometimes looks like a ship and sometimes looks like a bird in flight. It falls from the sky onto a field in Greenland in 1067, and it both cures and curses the Viking settlement living nearby. As time goes on, it sometimes heals and sometimes destroys - but always, there are people prepared to murder to possess it....In this entry to the series, we range from the 11th Century to the 21st, sticking mostly in the Middle Ages with stories set in 1101, 1236, 1241, 1272, 1606 and 2010 respectively; most of the stories feature the authors' series characters (actor Nick Revill in Philip Gooden's story, Oxford don William Falconer in Ian Morson's tale set in 1272, and so on). Karen Maitland is new to the series and to me as a reader; her story deals with Jews in 13th Century England, but I don't know if any particular character is set up as a series personage. I find these volumes to be quite entertaining and this one is no exception. Not the type of book where you want to buy multiple copies for all your friends and relatives, but a pleasant way to while away an evening or three. Recommended.
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Medieval murderers seem to have lost the touch Jan. 21 2011
By Gini - Published on
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This is the weakest of the Medieval Murderers mysteries. Michael Jecks is absent this time and it shows. The story line is that of a sacred sky stone fallen from the sky in Greenland in the the year after the battle of Hastings.The stone stays in the hand of one man for another 43 years, before becoming the reason for murder in the weakest chapter in the book featuring Geoffrey Mappestone. The story follows the stone from 1067 to 2010, encountering the Jewish Community in 1241,Henry III, The King's Players in the time of James I of England, up to modern times. This reviewer hopes that if they write another book, Michael Jecks will be able to contribute.
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Mostly enjoyable mixed bag. Jan. 22 2013
By Sandra S. Ansley - Published on
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Since this book was written in a round robin fashion by a series of authors, I enjoyed some sections more than others. The first section, set in Greenland in the 11th century was especially interesting and entertaining to me. On the whole, I found the book very enjoyable, and I am looking forward to reading another by this team of writers.
Too many authors Aug. 26 2013
By jck50 - Published on
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I liked some of the chapters while others were not interesting. This is an interesting concept more in theory than fact
good read Nov. 5 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Short stories by some of my favorite medieval murder mystery authors. Recommend this highly.
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Dont' bother Jan. 15 2015
By Thomas Kuwahara - Published on
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