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by Ian Morson

  • ISBN: 0312956975
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ian Morson
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (January 1, 1996)
  • FB2 size: 1169 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. MORSON Oxford University, in 1624, the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between privileged students and impoverished townspeople.

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MORSON Oxford University, in 1624, the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between privileged students and impoverished townspeople. And when one of Falconer's students who may have witnessed the crime narrowly escapes being beaten to death by a lynch mob, the Regent Master rushes to his defense.

A Master William Falconer Mystery.

Falconer’s judgement. A Master William Falconer Mystery.

First-novelist Morson drops teasing clues concerning the book's true nature, though it's only the most dedicated medieval historian who'll beat Falconer in tying the killer to the background political conflicts. Conscientiously shadowy-the Dark Ages at their darkest- with a whirlwind climax: a between-courses palate-cleanser for Ellis Peters fans. The year 1264 marks a turbulent period for England, with Simon de Montfort challenging the sovereignty of King Henry III, the Crown at the point of expelling all Jews from England, and Roger Bacon's scientific experimentalism contending against faith and superstition.

Master William Falconer returns in this chilling and atmospheric medieval murder mystery. Ian Morson studied at Oxford University and lives in Berkhamsted, England. He is the author of "Falconer's Crusade. Oxford, January 1273. Master William Falconer returns in this chilling and atmospheric medieval murder mystery.

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/MORSON Oxford University, in 1624, the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between privileged students and impoverished townspeople. And when one of Falconer's students who may have witnessed the crime narrowly escapes being beaten to death by a lynch mob, the Regent Master rushes to his defense. Martin's Press.
Reviews about Falconer's Crusade (7):
Onaxan
Falconer's Crusade is a muddy, bloody stroll through medieval Oxford. It is the first in a series that improved as it went along. This introductory adventure has serious plot flaws.

One problem is that the suspects are not internal to the plot, by which I mean, we as readers know that they are the suspects, and that one of them is the murderer, because they are the characters we are told about. There is no reason for Falconer to consider them suspects. He puzzles over which one of them is guilty, but there is no reason why any of them should be, or any reason why anyone else shouldn't be. The guilty party is easy to spot in the end, and if you haven't got it by the end of chapter 13, review what you've read up to then and you shouldn't have much difficulty. The clues are obvious.

Another problem is the coincidental beginning, the main characters happening to be in the same place at the same time. Readers of mysteries don't seem to mind this, of course. If Miss Marple's quiet village or Poirot's vacations become a bloodbath so that they have a good supply of mysteries to solve, we take it in our stride. So perhaps we should not be surprised that Falconer and Thomas are just where they should be, when they should be.

Morson mixes in plenty of historic authenticity, which readers of the medieval mystery genre insist upon. I am not convinced he always gets it right. For example, the nef (elaborate condiment holder) laid before Prince Edward belongs to a later period, I thought. Also, would a Jewish girl of the period really have 'an ivory skin'?

Morson writes well, with an occasional artistic flourish. He is fond of describing 'dust motes dancing in the sunbeams', for example. So the book is a pleasure to read. It just doesn't pass muster as a mystery.
Qwne
Being a fan of historical novels I thought this was an entertaining story.
I read it on my kindle and thought it was a bit short, but neatly tied up.
Oftentimes in mysteries you can kind of predict the way the plot might go,
but Morson puts some nice twists into the plot which made it challenging
and fun to try to figure out who the culprit is. Characters were well-
developed as well. I'm looking forward to reading more of the series.
Envias
Although the subject of this novel is great, and the writing is strong, the poor formatting is disappointing. I couldn't get past the lack of paragraphs. The scene changes were lost because of a lack of clear chapter and paragraph delineation and it was difficult to read. This would probably be a good book if I could get through it. I'd suggest waiting to purchase it until it comes out in a better format. There's really no excuse in this digital age for sloppy books like this.
Sinredeemer
This is a pretty short mystery to read through. Looks can be deceiving though. Despite being short, it’s packed in with some heavy duty stuff.

The setting for example. Very rich in detail and gives you a sense on how it was back then in William Falconer’s time. Add in some political intrigue, a Jewish Quarter, and some rioting and it gets pretty exciting. I really can’t get over how great the setting is. It’s so descriptive you can feel the darkness and the dampness that permeates throughout the novel. Morson also does an excellent job to stay close to historical accuracy here in this novel as well. Forensic pathology is frowned upon, and you even get to see Falconer try on a strange contraption that looks a lot like Medieval opera glasses at the time. :)

The plot is pretty straight forward although there is not much of a secret mystery element in it. The suspect list is not extensive (thankfully! You’ll see why as you read further into this review) and when revealed it’s not much of a surprise or an a ha! Moment. There isn’t much personality to the characters except Falconer and his student Thomas. Thomas is a particular dolt. A Farmer boy who managed to be gifted and chosen to study and be a Scholar, well, for all the idiotic moves he makes, you have to wonder how the University chose this guy to let him attend their school. He fumbles and stumbles at the worst times and always manages to get himself into some life threatening situations (and doesn’t learn from it). It was funny the first few times, but after a while it gets annoying and you want to slap this boy upside the head. (You don’t deserve Hannah’s attention, you twit).

I’m going to assume it will get better with other books in this series, and this one serves as an introduction to the series. Since I really do love the historical aspect I will stick with this series and see where it takes me. Historical mystery lovers will love the setting and theme of this book, the mystery part, not so much.

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