The Tainted Relic, Paperback Book
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July, 1100. Jerusalem lies ransacked. Amidst the chaos, an English knight is entrusted with a valuable religious relic: a fragment of the True Cross, allegedly stained with the blood of Christ.

The relic is said to be cursed: anyone who touches it will meet an untimely and gruesome end.

Several decades later, the Cross turns up in the possession of a dealer, robbed and murdered en route to Glastonbury.

Investigating the death, Bernard Knight's protagonist, Crowner John learns of its dark history.

In Oxford in 1269, the discovery of a decapitated monk leads Ian Morson's academic sleuth William Falconer to uncover a link to the relic.

In 1323, in Exeter, Michael Jecks' Sir Baldwin has reason to suspect its involvement in at least five violent deaths.

Thirty years later, several suspicious deaths occur in Cambridge - and, once again, the tainted relic has a crucial part to play.

Finally, it's despatched to London, where Philip Gooden's Nick Revill will determine its ultimate fate.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9781416502135

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I listened to this at work and that might have been part of my not digging it as much as I could have. It took me a little while to get into the story and then to understand everything that was going on. I got that the relic was supposedly cursed and death followed in its wake. My issue was not following who was dying and it seemed like there were a lot of victims with each story. They died before I had a chance to know them or the people solving the crimes or the people doing the killing or even why the killing was occurring, except part of it was to get the relic back from whoever had it. The only time I could truly understand the story was when it moved up to William Shakespeare's time. The story made me laugh and care about the characters. All that said, I will be getting more of this series of books, especially KING ARTHUR'S BONES, the reason I started looking for this team of authors. I have a collection of Arthurian legend, saw this book in a review, put it on the WWBL and then found out there's a series of books by this team who call themselves Medieval Murderers. Very cool premise and still intriguing. I know not all books are for all people and I will likely get this as a handheld book to read and pay closer attention....and read it someplace without work can be....silly work....Three need fewer distractions beans....

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I so wanted to like this book, but just couldn't. Reading each of the individual them...put them together and I just could not get into it. Slow, plodding, monotonous.

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