It's 1195 and Crowner John is called to the sea. John, Gwen, and Thomas search for answers
concerning a shipwreck and solve the murderous death of the sea captain. The knife used to kill
him isn't a common one. Other bodies are later found mutilated and grossly disrespected in death.
The murdered Captain's wife, Hilda, is one of John's former lovers. For once, Nester doubts her
position as his mistress. And John finds temptation in his path. Hilda, on the other hand, is
determined to find the killer and will sacrifice all to do so.
And, of course, as in each installment, John's brother-in-law Richard is up to no good. Desiring
the unattainable leads him as well as others into danger, which leaves some hoping John will arrive
in the nick of time. Following Richard is Matilda who still blames John for her brother's lack of
social standing. Her way of dealing with it is running him out of house and home. Oddly, Nester's
not so willing to take him in... Matilda has an adventure of her own which has one almost feeling
sorry for her... almost...
The characters are taken away from Exeter, making this mystery all the more adventurous.
John's sidekick, Gwen, is loyal and dependent as always and Thomas experiences personal changes.
As the mystery progresses the danger intensifies and prisoners are taken, leaving listeners
wondering who will make it back to Exeter... It's an historical mystery full of adventure,
grisly death, and changes. Let's hope John finds his elixir of life in The Elixir of Death.
Crowner John and his band are addictive. Once you turn the audio on it's difficult to switch
it off. Knight's descriptions of 12th century Devon are so realistic and his characters so
believable, you don't even notice how effortlessly you slip into the era and follow the
characters until it's over. Crowner John is another popular historical series to be enjoyed.