Crowner Royal (Hardcover)

By Bernard Knight

Simon & Schuster (UK), 9781847372970, 369pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009



London, 1196. At the command of Richard the Lionheart, Sir John de Wolfe has left his beloved West Country for the Palace of Westminster, where he has been appointed Coroner of the Verge. But with the king overseas, embroiled in a costly war against King Philip of France, Sir John is dismayed to discover that the English court is a hotbed of greed, corruption and petty in-fighting.

The murder of one of the palace clerks, stabbed in broad daylight and thrown into the River Thames, leads John to suspect that there's a conspiracy underway to overthrow King Richard. And with the visit of the dowager Queen Eleanor fast approaching, the new Coroner must risk his life to prove his suspicions are right, root out the traitors within and prevent a national catastrophe.

About the Author

Bernard Knight is the author of the Crown John Mysteries series and is a member of The Medieval Murderers.

Praise For Crowner Royal

"Intriguing."  Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Crowner John won't be disappointed."  Kirkus Reviews

"Another stellar historical whodunit from the practiced pen of a master."  Booklist Online

"Packed with the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England, the Crowner John series is a national treasure."  Birmingham Post

"Rayne's wealth of intriguing characters and situations has you continually putting two and two together and making five, but when the truth emerges, you wonder why you didn't see it coming. Clues to all the bizarre twists and turns are there, but so well constructed that each time you are taken by surprise."  Western Daily Press

"Brings medieval Exeter to life with gritty realism, smells and all, but with an underlying sympathy and humor.”  Historical Novels Review

"Detection and suspense are combined with historical authenticity."  Daily Mail