The Tainted Relic Author:Simon Beaufort, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden In 1100, an English knight named was entrusted with a precious religious relic -- a piece of the True Cross, allegedly stained with the blood of Christ. The relic is said to curse anyone who touches it with a gruesome end as soon as it leaves their possession. Several decades pass, and the Cross turns up in the possession of a dealer who is robb... more »ed and murdered en route to Glastonbury. Investigating the death, Bernard Knight’s protagonist, Crowner John, learns of the relic’s dark history. In 1269, the discovery of a decapitated monk leads Ian Morson’s academic sleuth William Falconer to uncover a link to the relic, and in 1323, Michael Jecks’ Sir Baldwin Furnshill has reason to suspect the relic’s involvement in at least five violent deaths. Finally, the relic is dispatched to London, where it falls into the hands of an unscrupulous book dealer -- and where Philip Gooden’s Nick Revill will determine its ultimate fate.« less
What a creative method of relaying a story!! I know that this is the first time I've read a book by a group of different authors with a common theme running throughout. From beginning to end it was exciting and cohesively written - inspite of the time periods across which the story thread had to travel in order to be part of the different authors' areas of interest. It was kind of fun too, to run into familiar characters ie. Crowner John, his friend Gwyn, Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailif Simon Puttock. In the shortened format, I still managed to glean new information about characters whom I have been reading about for months!
P.S. Beware trinkets that seem to hold the promise of fortunes are often the cause of misfortune.
I highly recommend even if you're not a fan of the medeival period this is a great read that keeps your interest!
this is a historical mystery, medevial period, each 'chapter' or section written by a different writer. Some of them are Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, . . . A good read, if you enjoy historical mystery, and the medieval period.