Books by Bernard Knight

CROWNER'S CRUSADE by Bernard Knight
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A prequel to Knight's long string of historical mysteries detailing the life and times of the intrepid Sir John (Crowner Royal, 2009, etc.) that offers little mystery but much satisfaction for fans."
Knight fills in Sir John de Wolfe's back story to show his rise from humble beginnings to the office of king's coroner. Read full book review >
DEAD IN THE DOG by Bernard Knight
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Knight (Grounds for Appeal, 2012, etc.) has based the case on his own experiences in Malaya in the 1950s. What it lacks in mystery is more than offset by the forensic and historical details of a little-known war in a faraway world."
A young pathologist's national service duties take him to an exotic land and plunge him into a murder investigation. Read full book review >
GROUNDS FOR APPEAL by Bernard Knight
Released: March 1, 2012

"No thrills or chills here, but a solid look at the pathologist's work along with evocative period details of a country slowly recovering from war."
A Home Office pathologist continues to expand the boundaries of his practice in postwar Wales. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2011

"Retired pathologist Knight follows his last Pryor mystery (Where Death Delights, 2010) with another solid effort. Don't expect fireworks, just a character-driven look at the life of forensic scientists in 1950s Britain with a touch of romance."
The growing roster of the dead in the Wye Valley of Wales extends a thriving forensic practice by leaps and bounds. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

"In a major departure from his medieval Crowner John series (The Manor of Death, 2009, etc.), Knight, a retired Home Office pathologist, paints a realistic picture of all the job involves. There are no fireworks, just a quietly entertaining look at both an interesting field and life in a Great Britain emerging from the privations of World War II."
A forensic pathologist and a forensic scientist combine their talents to start a private practice in the Wye Valley of Wales. Read full book review >
THE MANOR OF DEATH by Bernard Knight
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A sometimes pedantic tale complete with maps, glossary and largely unsympathetic characters. The thoroughness of the historical detail, however, will doubtless appeal to fans of medieval intrigue and derring-do."
Sir John de Wolfe uncovers a nest of pirates and smugglers in his 12th medieval adventure (The Noble Outlaw, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
CROWNER ROYAL by Bernard Knight
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Very similar to The Manor of Death (2009; reviewed in this issue). Fans of Crowner John won't be disappointed, but this tale is unlikely to win the series any new loyalists."
Crown jewels are missing and murder is afoot at the royal court in medieval coroner Sir John de Wolfe's 13th adventure. Read full book review >
THE NOBLE OUTLAW by Bernard Knight
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The 11th of Crowner John's 12th-century adventures (The Elixir of Death, 2006, etc.) is faster-paced than usual, with more mystery as well."
Someone is interrupting the Middle Ages to kill several prominent members of the Exeter Guild. Read full book review >
THE ELIXIR OF DEATH by Bernard Knight
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"More adventure than mystery, Knight's tenth populates a detailed, almost scholarly study of the period with well-drawn characters."
County Coroner Sir John de Wolfe (Figure of Hate, 2005, etc.) investigates a series of brutal murders in 12th-century England. Read full book review >
FIGURE OF HATE by Bernard Knight
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A long-winded campaign with lots of ale-drinking, jibes at clerics and threats of retribution in the name of Richard Coeur de Lion."
A 12th-century coroner solves three murders. Read full book review >
CROWNER’S QUEST by Bernard Knight
Released: May 1, 2004

"Gleefully renders daily life, circa 1194, from flea bites to lice to pork-and-ale breakfasts. Like The Sanctuary Seeker (2003), this provides a map, a glossary, and a thorough dissection of medieval politics. "
Who shall be king, Richard Coeur de Lion or his brother John? Read full book review >