The Noble Outlaw Paperback
Part of the Crowner John Mystery series
Exeter, 1195. Renovations at the new school in Smythen Street are disrupted by the shocking discovery of a partially mummified corpse hidden in the rafters - and Sir John de Wolfe, the county coroner is called to investigate.
Richard de Revelle, Sir John's brother-in-law and founder of the school, immediately tries to blame Nicholas de Arundell, a young outlawed knight living rough on Dartmoor.
As Sir John discovers, Nicholas has good reason to bear a grudge against the unscrupulous de Revelle.
But is he really a killer? With the victim's identity unknown and the motive a mystery, the murder remains unsolved.
But then comes news of a second violent death - and Sir John is forced to track down the 'noble outlaw' in order to find the answers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, maps
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 06/08/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781416525936
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Review by juglicerr
A general review of this series:This is back in the good old days of law enforcement, when trial by combat was definitive and would-be plea bargainers had to fight their accomplice(s) to the death.I find these books fascinating as living history, perhaps even more than as mysteries. Knight always starts off with a glossary of terms. The period is not romanticized, but neither is it overly repulsive. Sir John de Wolfe went crusading with Richard the Lionheart. Now back in England, he has been appointed to the newly reconstituted office of Crowner (Coroner). He fights a pitched battle with his corrupt, treacherous brother-in-law, the Sheriff, over official territory. He is very unhappily married to Matilda, his incompatible wife; their relationship makes sleeping in peasant huts while on duty a treat. One of the things that makes it interesting, is that although Sir John is the central character, and presumably to be regarded with sympathy, his marital problems are not entirely blamed upon his wife. The characters are generally somewhat complex.John is assisted in his duties by his gigantic man of arms, Gywn of Polruan, and his clerk, Thomas de Peyne, a frail priest.