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The medival murderers series of novels are a set of linked historical short stories by some of the predominant UK writers of historical murder mysteries. Th group was put together by Michal Jenks and include regular contributions from Susanna Gregory, Bernhard Knight and Michel Jns himself. Some of th novels work better than others and in this set of novels as with all the rest a historical artifact becomes tainted with murder for whoever touches it.
The start of the novel describes the discovery of Arthurs bones by the monks at Glastonbury at the end of the 12th century, the bones are quickly solen by Welsh activists who are kean to keep Arthus for the Welsh. I dont think I'm giving much away by revealing that aspect of the story. The book then shifts forward only a few years and the bones start to be toxic for whoever owns them. They find themseves in London in time to meet the brother of William Shakespeare and are included in a story wrapped around NApoleon.
As I mentioned each of the five stories can be read as a stand alone short story, each has a murder, a set of suspects with the culprit exposed usualy by the greed of owning the bones. Some of the stories work better than others, the story involving Shakespears brother is one of the stronger ones, however, the short story written by Michael Jenks once again shows for me he's the weaest of the authors on diasplay here.
Finally unlike other novels in the series, this book is firmly placed solely in the UK, mosty in wales and london and because of that we don't have a short story concerning venitian skulduggery which has bee previously my favourite in the previous novels. It's a shame but what can you do.
I feel this series of novels is starting to come towards an end, I think the best is the Sword of Shame followed by the tainted relic and whilst this isn't as bad as the house of shadows whose draw back was a set location it doesn't have the sense of drama of the previous novels.
The book is still enjoyable and gives the reader a taste of medieval britain but there isn't such a strong tread running through the book as we've seen with other novels.