autumn-2010, historical-fiction, published-2008, medieval5c-16c, mystery-thriller, boo-scary, fraudio
Read from October 20 to 23, 2010
** spoiler alert ** Unabridged and read by Paul Matthews.
The Medieval Murderers are a collaborative group of authors of which the members are:
Blurb - A mysterious book of prophecies written by a sixth century Irish monk has puzzled scholars through the ages. Foretelling wars, plagues and rebellions, the Black Book of Bran is said to have predicted the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot. It is even said to foresee the Day of Judgement. But is it the result of divine inspiration or the ravings of a madman?
A hidden hoard of Saxon gold. A poisoned priest. A monk skinned alive in Westminster Abbey. Only one thing is certain: whoever comes into possession of the cursed book meets a gruesome and untimely end.
There is a slight problem of spoilers if one is also reading a series. I am reading the Crowner Johns and am behind the time line in his adventures so there were surprising moments in this MM IV.
The most enjoyable section was set amongst competing colleges in what is known collectively as Cambridge University; the most surprising is C.J. Sansom's entrance into the MM frame and it starts (uh-oh) in March 2135. An Armageddon piece hmmm. Beautifully written but jarring to the flow.
Overall then, it is a disappointing edition of/addition to the MM series; have the next in my audio files somewhere to make my ,imd up as to continue further or not....Continua