Search Results: "The Medieval Murderers"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST MURDER by The Medieval Murderers
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The eighth annual round robin co-authored by well-known historical mystery writers Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Karen Maitland, Ian Morson and Philip Gooden. Like the others (Hill of Bones, 2011, etc.), it's uneven but generally entertaining."
A play written in 1154 in hope of winning greater glory for Oseney Priory brings disaster in its long, long wake. Read full book review >

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THE SWORD OF SHAME by The Medieval Murderers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"The second team effort in a series (The Tainted Relic, 2006) that follows a prized object through history. It's not an original idea, but one that allows many favorite medieval sleuths to share a single volume."
A magnificent weapon created before the Norman Conquest becomes known as the Sword of Shame and provides many a murder to solve. Read full book review >

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HILL OF BONES by The Medieval Murderers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The seventh short-story cycle by The Medieval Murderers, featuring some of the same sleuths as their past collaborations (King Arthur's Bones, 2009, etc.), provides an eventful but often uneven look at murder down through the centuries."
A notable landmark outside Bath becomes the scene of murder and mayhem down through the ages. Read full book review >

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KING ARTHUR’S BONES by Medieval Murderers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A satisfying meal broken into distinct courses."
Relics of King Arthur are worth killing for five times over eight centuries in the Medieval Murderers' latest collaboration (The Sword of Shame, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARCO POLO AND THE MEDIEVAL EXPLORERS by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 6, 1991

"Map; bibliography; chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 14+)"
The author of more than 40 nonfiction books for young adults focuses on the busy period of political and commercial interchange between Asia and Europe from 1245 to 1433 A.D. Beginning with Marco Polo's famous meeting with Kublai Khan, Stefoff summarizes the growth of the Mongolian Empire and the increasing contact with Europe that began in the fourth century B.C. The oft-told but still fascinating story of the Polos is followed by a final chapter—set in the period just before the Columbus era—about two lesser-known explorers, Ibn Battuta of Morocco and Cheng Ho of China. Read full book review >

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LOVERS & MURDERERS by Vladimír Páral
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Cravens's brisk translation gives Páral's labyrinthine sentences and paragraphs a welcome colloquial kick, making this merciless satire on bureaucracy and consumerism, among other human failings, a surprisingly entertaining reading experience."
An amusing if intermittently exhausting black comedy (originally published in 1969): the third volume of its eloquent Czech author's "black pentology" (Catapult, 2000; The Five Sonyas, not reviewed), about the aftermath of the 1960 revolution. Read full book review >

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AMONG MURDERERS by Sabine Heinlein
Released: March 12, 2013

"A deeply compassionate book that poses urgent questions about the end product of imprisonment and the social thirst for vengeance."
A thoughtful consideration of the massive challenges and moral burdens faced by individuals paroled after long sentences for the most severe of infractions. Read full book review >

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MEDIEVAL LIFE by Andrew Langley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"A book that's mostly for browsers. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This sweeping visual presentation of medieval life in Europe demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of historical titles in the Eyewitness series. Read full book review >

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MEDIEVAL PLACES by Sarah Howarth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Glossary; further reading (just eight other textbook-like books); index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A pair of books considering the Middle Ages via topical arrangement; the other, simultaneously published, is Medieval People. Read full book review >

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MEDIEVAL EUROPE by Chris Wickham
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Far-ranging, fluent, and thoughtful—of considerable interest to students of history writ large, and not just of Europe."
A thorough survey of the European continent in the time between antiquity and modernity. Read full book review >