House of the Red Slayer, Paperback Book
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In December 1377 a great frost has the city in its icy grip; even the Thames is frozen from bank to bank.

Murder, revenge and treachery also make their presence felt. The Constable of the Tower of London, Sir Ralph Whitton, is found murdered in a cold bleak chamber in the North Bastion.

The door is still locked from the inside and guarded by trusted retainers - so how did the assassins slip across a frozen moat and climb the sheer wall to commit such a dreadful crime?

Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, the wine-loving coroner of the city of London, are appointed to investigate these mysteries.

They soon discover Sir Ralph's murder is only the first in a series of macabre killings which have their roots in a terrible act of betrayal committed many years previously.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780747238478



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 It's amazing how many books you can read in 8 hours on a train... <br/>A detective double act set in the early middle ages. John Cranston is the City of London's coroner, while Brother Athelstan is a priest with a troubled mind who just wants to do what's best. They are instructed to investigate the murder of the keeper of the Tower of London, and it all gets pretty grisly from there. Sir John is an unlikely man to hold office, always tending to be slightly drunk, but he's a good man at heart and between them they find a solution. Not until there have been a few more bodies piled up around the place though. Light relief, but probably doesn't stand up to rigorous scrutiny.

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