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The Tainted Relic: An Historical Mystery

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  • Title: The Tainted Relic: An Historical Mystery
  • Author: The Medieval Murderers Simon Beaufort Philip Gooden Susanna Gregory Michael Jecks Bernard Knight Ian Morson
  • ISBN: 9780743267953
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback

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The Tainted Relic: An Historical Mystery

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  1. The Medieval Murderers Simon Beaufort Philip Gooden Susanna Gregory Michael Jecks Bernard Knight Ian Morson

    A pseudonym used by Philip Gooden, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, C.J Sansom, Karen Maitland.

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  1. I began this short story collection as the Christmas holidays approached, and I knew my time for reading would be limited and sporadic However, it was an interesting cluster of tales that were united by an ancient stained splinter of wood that was enhanced by a legendary curse of death Superstition Self fulfilling prophecy Uncanny coincidence You decide


  2. This is an interesting experiment in a sort of shared world alternate history in which six mystery writers combine to create a single tale across Medieval England The story is of a relic which is cursed by its protector as his family is slain allegedly a piece of the cross of Jesus Christ, stained by His blood Any who touch the relic will die upon relinquishing control of the item.Each author tells another tale through a few hundred years of history, a short story about the relic as it passes th [...]


  3. I listened to this at work and that might have been part of my not digging it as much as I could have It took me a little while to get into the story and then to understand everything that was going on I got that the relic was supposedly cursed and death followed in its wake My issue was not following who was dying and it seemed like there were a lot of victims with each story They died before I had a chance to know them or the people solving the crimes or the people doing the killing or even wh [...]


  4. So dissapointed by this book It sounded so good when I read about the series but as I read it, it was just a mess Having this many authors does not do the historical fiction genre any favors They may be greats with their own books, but combining them together created just a mess There were five acts in this book and I could tell where each author had written The story did not flow, and was extremely loosely connected by a relic In addition to the mess of writing, I cannot stand it when authors a [...]


  5. I thought this was a great read, captivating the reader, and introducing new characters and mysteries along the way The Tainted Relic is historical fiction written by a team of writers, each taking a chapter detailing the events surrounding the tainted relic This is the first book in this series written by this group of authors I am pleasantly surprised and intrigued and intend to read each of these authors own individual books.


  6. I gave up reading this the material is interesting, but the writing in the book just did not engage me as exciting.


  7. When Jerusalem is saved by the Crusaders in 1100, a long protected piece of the true cross is cursed to kill anyone who ever touches it down through the ages Naturally a variety of deaths occur in close proximity to this relic are they natural, accidents, or murders That is what the various investigators must determine I actually found this book rather dark and depressing, and slogged through the second half Not sure if it was a fault in the book itself or my mood at the time I was not feeling w [...]


  8. The book opens in 1100 in Jerusalem A relic of the true cross with Christ s blood has been guarded by an Arab family for generations, when the Crusaders sack the city they murder the current guardian and his family He lays a curse on the relic whoever touches it will die when it leaves their hands The story moves on and the relic changes hands and leaves death in it s path One chapter includes Sir Baldwin and Simon The story ends in the 21st century The Tainted Relic is truly tainted by the curs [...]


  9. This was an interesting book that gave an insider s look at England from the time of the Knight s Templar to a few hundred years ago The story kept me interested and I learned quite a bit about how the ordinary citizen lived during those times The last part of the book toward present day time was weak It simply didn t have the same suspense and detail as the rest of the book However, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the medieval period in England.


  10. A generous handful of stories linked by the relic of the title a piece of the True Cross, cursed back in Palestine Some of the stories are bafflingly complex, with hosts of characters But fans of medieval Cambridge and Oxford will enjoy those segments, and the last story, set in Shakespeare s London, is quirky and clever The brief epilogue is ingenious, too.


  11. The story was very intriguing with the mix of history and fiction I know historical fiction right It just made you really feel like it was a real relic with heavenly properties.


  12. I just finished reading The Tainted Relic by a conglomerate of writers known as the Medieval Murderers This is in essence,five short novellas and a prologue detailing events pertained by cursed relic,a splinter of the true cross of stained with the blood of Christ kept safe by a religious order in Jerusalem When the Crusader army invaded Jerusalem,they killed every Muslim and Jew, including the family of the guardian, which, in a fit of rage, cursed the item to cause death to everyone that relin [...]


  13. A good collaboration between five medieval mystery writers, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Philip Gooden and Ian Morson Apart from the prologue and epilogue which set and complete the theme, each section consists of a novella which traces the events at different times as the cursed relic, a piece of the Cross stained with Christ s blood passes from place to place.I enjoyed Michael Jecks section the most, but this may be because I have read most of his books and it was a pleasure [...]


  14. An interesting short story book Authors of several medieval murder mystery series wove their characters into a series of short stories relating to an object moving through time The tainted relic, a piece of the true cross, soaked with the blood of Christ that has been cursed.I am not familiar with any of these series, so I am unable to compare the stories to the longer stories I found the stories entertaining, but not enthralling A nice read, perfect for me at the moment while I fight allergies [...]


  15. A series of novelettes or Acts that follow the path of a piece of the Holy Cross which is cursed over a period of approximately 1000 years Decent mysteries I especially liked Act 4 by Susanna Gregory, because it rang true to what medieval clerics would have really cared about, i.e the intellectual rivalry between the Dominicans and Franciscans, and were relics real and effective, why or why not While this may sound esoteric and irrelevant to modern readers, it mattered in the Middle Ages and tha [...]


  16. Five well known writers use their well known medieval crime fighting characters to solve mystery and murder in 5 separate, but interlinked stories is an interesting concept On one level it works, but it can also be a bit confusing as the Acts are about 100 pages long and the number of peripheral characters can be quite confusing Even so if you are not fully acquainted with the heroes of each piece, as I was not Of course this was not made any easier by the rather disjointed way that I read the [...]


  17. This is a collection of five mysteries, each of which centers on a supposed relic of the true cross stained with Christ s blood that also happens to be cursed The stories take place over time in the five Medieval settings the five authors of the tales set their main mysteries This premise is intriguing, but I found the execution less enjoyable and somewhat contrived I am a big fan of Susanna Gregory s Matthew Bartholomew mysteries, which take place in 14th century Cambridge, and she is one of th [...]


  18. This novel is written by a series of authors tracing a holy relic over time A curse is placed on the relic when its keeper, a Muslim, is killed by a knight during the first crusade Thereafter, anyone who touches the relic is doomed to die The relic is taken on a journey, not only passed on from person to person throughout history but passed from author to author Each story has an interesting take on religious relics, greed and sanctity, the church and those who serve it Though each new period in [...]


  19. I was both attracted and repelled by this book, excited about a new series, dismayed to see it was written by a committee of multiple authors though each chapter is a short novella which mostly stands on its own Not a bad introduction to six other mystery series since each chapter features the author s main character from their own series of books The concept of tracing a particular story element through the centuries was a good premise but I just could not get interested in the individual story [...]


  20. I listened to this book on audio, but it was not able to hold my attention The Tainted Relic is a collection of 5 related short stories centered around a relic The relic, a splinter of the one true cross, was cursed at the beginning of the story during a crusade in Jerusalem in 1100AD Whoever touches the relic will die once they relinquish the relic from their possession guardianship I really enjoyed and was able to follow the first story, but the subsequent stories were confusing to me It seeme [...]


  21. I had a lot of fun reading this book It s really like a collection of linked short stories, but that is it s charm Each story is a different part of this history of the relic in the title and each section has it s own mystery I would say that some of the mysteries are better than others, and one strains credibility, but that s fine, it s all good reading The Medieval part, that is the historical information and ideas are well done, good period feel and some nice specific details that really giv [...]


  22. This is the second time I tried to listen to this book In both cases I ran out of time and couldn t finish I made it than half way through this time, but won t be trying again I kept confusing at which point in history we were and which monk or knight was now grappling with the problem of a cursed relic Frankly, I got bored with the problem I like the concept of this book and I think others who can pay better attention will too Maybe if I had read it I would have enjoyed it It is just not some [...]


  23. This long 13 disc audio book was interesting It spanned a time span of about 1000 years and I could not help feeling like how is this going to end a number of times throughout the story However, when I finally got to the end, I was not totally wowed by a surprise ending but I did think the end was clever The narrator did a great job with the characters and I felt the characters developed enough to make the story work even though the times changed in the story Also, speaking as a medieval history [...]


  24. Published 01 05 2005Author The Medieval MurderersRecommended for fans of murder mysteries.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn t put it down I love all of the authors in this book It was brilliantly well written and I would definately recommend it to anyone who likes murder mystery novels The authors in this one are Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Ian Morson, Philip Gooden, Simon Beaufort and Bernard Knight, these are all incredible authors seperately so put them together all in the same bo [...]


  25. 500 pages, following the travels and resulting deaths from a relic reported to be from the holy cross, with Jesus blood A curse was put on the relic, by a Muslim who was guarding it for the Christians in Jerusalem in the 1100s during the crusades he and his family were killed by the invaders.Any person who touches the relic, then parts with it dies.3 book series May read the next one Not the best writing, but interesting enough.


  26. I thought this was a really interesting idea and enjoyed the journey this relic made through the ages The people it pulled into its curse and the illuminating method of teaching us all a little history of religious England The narrative was divided into different sections from the crusades to Shakespeare s time and the author s styles fitted well together I think I ll be reading from them for sure


  27. A delightful book about a relic of the true cross that is tainted with a cursewhoever touches it will die It is written by six English writers who specialize in historical mysteries Each Act moves chronologically through time tracing the impact of the tainted relic and each has it s own list of characters landscapes and stories It s a romp across England and a delightful adventureof course the epilog is the best way to end it all I had fun no doubt with this book.


  28. This is mind candy beach read than art, but I liked the premise historical fiction writers each write a chapter in or less succeeding centuries on same topic Unfortunately the editing writing is uneven there were several reference errors within one chapter most within two pages did this writer submit his chapter late and no one had a chance to proofread , and the plot a bit contrived I will likely give them one chance and read another in the series


  29. This book was a very pleasant read, quite up to the high standards of the several authors making up The Medieval Murderers It s very interesting to see the same subject treated several different ways It was a fun way to learn a bit about the craft and art of writing however, it s not didactic, but instead it is a bit of a time machine, as the reader sees the same subject treated through several different eras by several different heroes and villains Read and enjoy


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