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The Crooked Spire

John the Carpenter (Book 1)

By (author) Chris Nickson
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Nov 2013
Dimensions: w 129mm h 190mm d 16mm
Weight: 110g
ISBN-10: 0752499173
ISBN-13: 9780752499178
Barcode No: 9780752499178
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1361: Orphaned by the Black Death, all John possesses are the tools that belonged to his father, a carpenter, and an uncanny ability to work wood. His travels bring him to Chesterfield, where he finds work erecting the spire of the new church. But no sooner does he begin than the master carpenter is murdered and John himself becomes a suspect. To prove his innocence John must help the coroner in his search for the killer, a quest that brings him up against some powerful enemies in a town where he is still a stranger and friends are few. Chris Nickson brilliantly evokes the feeling of time and place in this story of corruption and murder.

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."..an affable lead and a convincing depiction of late-medieval England make this a satisfying comfort read." --"Publishers Weekly ""Nickson paints precise pictures with words, vividly setting the post-plague backdrop...He makes us feel as though we are living in what seems like a fourteenth-century version of dystopia, giving this remarkable novel a powerful immediacy." --"Booklist " ..".an affable lead and a convincing depiction of late-medieval England make this a satisfying comfort read." --"Publishers Weekly " "Nickson paints precise pictures with words, vividly setting the post-plague backdrop...He makes us feel as though we are living in what seems like a fourteenth-century version of dystopia, giving this remarkable novel a powerful immediacy." --"Booklist " -Nickson paints precise pictures with words, vividly setting the post-plague backdrop...He makes us feel as though we are living in what seems like a fourteenth-century version of dystopia, giving this remarkable novel a powerful immediacy.- --Booklist -...an affable lead and a convincing depiction of late-medieval England make this a satisfying comfort read.- --Publishers Weekly