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The Tinner's Corpse is the fifth book in the Crowner John series by Bernard Knight. The books are centered on the day-to-day life of Devon crowner, John de Wolfe. Crowners were the earliest version of modern-day coroners and had to investigate any deaths or rapes and a selection of other crimes from which money could me made for the royal treasury. The Tinner's Corpse explores crimes set within the Devon tin industry in the late twelfth century. There is also substantially more development of the characters of the coroner and his team within this book than there were in Knight's earlier novels. The book is written in such a way as to transport the reader to Exeter during the rule of Richard I - you can almost smell the boiled turnips. Occasionally the differences between society and behaviour then and now are over-emphasised giving the book a slightly patronising edge. The mystery throughout the novel is very intriguing and I greatly enjoyed its twists and turns. Overall, the book is good read particularly for fans of historial crime and mystery novels.