heaven_ali (heaven_ali) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#96 The Awful Secret - Bernard Knight (2000)

THE AWFUL SECRET is the fourth outing of Bernard Knight's 12th Century coroner, John de Wolfe. Filled with wonderful detail about life and crime at the time of Richard the Lionheart, Bernard Knight also brings to the books his own experience as one of the foremost Home Office Pathologists. In THE AWFUL SECRET, Crowner John finds himself crossing paths with Knights Templar, the pirates of Lundy and a mystery which could rock the certainty of the Medieval World. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

I have read about 5 of these books now (out of order), and to be frank I am getting rather bored with them. They are great escapism, perfect weekend reading I suppose. In the past I have enjoyed the historical details. However this time - I was just irritated by the arguments Crowner John has with his wife and her brother, the long winded explanations that we have encountered before, which help readers understand the relationships and the back story of Sir John and his two side kicks. I have 2 others of these books TBR - but I don't think I will be reading them now. One of the things I do enjoy however is the setting - Exeter, Devon and the surrounding area - as it's where my Mum comes from and so an area I know fairly well. This book takes us to Ilfracombe, and there's mention of Teignmouth, Kingseinton and Dawlish, places that I spent time in often as a child. It is fun imagining what these places would have looked like all those years ago.

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