The Medieval Murderers are actually five mystery writers (Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Michael Jecks, Susanna
Gregory and Philip Gooden). I am most familiar with Bernard Knight and his character, Crowner John. Now, that
Iíve read the anthologies such as this, where authors share a running storyline, I have to say itís become my
favorite type of anthology.
The Tainted Relic spans over 900 years. In each act the myth of the tainted relic is retold. The
tainted relic is a piece of the cross Jesus died on. One man is entrusted with this relic, but after his family
is massacred, he curses the relic and all who touch it - and lose it.
The audio version is unabridged and allows you to get every historical detail. Stephen Thorneís narration
takes you back in time and most certainly adds to the gritty charm of the story. Itís a fascinating,
unforgettable listen. Highly entertaining. Highly recommended.
Here is a bit about The Tainted Relic.
July 1100 during a Crusade in Jerusalem, Sir Jeffery Matherson is approached by a man named Peter. Peter
carries a relic treasured by Christians. The relic was preserved by the Brotherhood of the Cross. When the
leaderís family is killed, he pulls the relic out and places a curse on it. Peterís goal is to get the relic
to the Pope for safe keeping. Peter witnesses the beginnings of the curse first hand.
Bernard Knightís Crowner John crosses paths with the cursed relic when his lady friend Nester discovers a
dead priest at her inn. Johnís hated brother-in-law, the sheriff, blames Nester and itís up to Crowner John
to prove her innocence.
Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael investigate the death of Peter of Whitney. Father
Andrew reveals that Peter was taking the relic to the abbey at Norwich. He believes the relic killed Whitney.
John Seeton, the master of Gray Hall in Oxford, believes the Franciscan argued with two Carmelites and they
killed him. Bartholomew chooses to follow his own leads when another death occurs and the relic disappears.
While trying to retrieve an old journeyman drama for his friend Shakespeare, Philip Goodenís Nicolas Revill
and fellow actors Jack and Abel end up in jail, suspected of murder. Hatch the book vender is murdered during
the Saint Bartholomew Fair and the relic, which Revill had recently viewed, is now missing. The final tale
takes flight with a conclusion of the relic or so you think...