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The Sanctuary Seeker: A Crowner John Mystery
The Sanctuary Seeker A Crowner John Mystery Author:Bernard Knight November, 1194. Appointed by Richard the Lionheart as the first coroner for the county of Devon, Sir John de Wolfe, an ex-Crusader, rides out to the lonely moorland village of Widecombe to hold an inquest on an unidentified body. On his return to Exeter, the coroner is incensed to find that his own brother-in-law, Sheriff Richard de Revelle, i... more »s intent on thwarting the murder investigation, particularly when it emerges that the dead man is a Crusader and a member of one of Devon's finest and most honourable families.« less
Historical mystery set in 12th century in the county of Devon, England where Richard the Lionheart has just implemented the first "county coroner" system. Unlike modern-day coroners, there is very little forensic work involved, since dissecting a human body would be looked at as heretical. However, the coroner does examine the body, question suspects and witnesses, holds inquests etc. This is a gritty, honest portrayal of the 12th century that doesn't gloss over the realities of life nor the morality and mores of the day. Loved it and have already ordered the second and third books in the series.