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Publisher's Summary

Exeter, 1195. When a prominent burgess and guild-master falls dead across his horse, Crowner John declines to hold an inquest as the man had been complaining of chest pains and shows no sign of injury. Events take a sinister turn, however, when a straw-doll is discovered hidden under the man's saddle, a spike driven through its heart....

©2004 Bernard Knight (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd

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A bit like another one of his books, the one about Heretics. Still it was interesting.

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  • Librarian
  • 05-12-2020

Good but disappointed

I like historical set fictional or real mysteries. I’m sure many will like the book. I invested over 5 hours but couldn’t get interest. I did not like the book. It had many interesting historical facts. This I liked but just didn’t like the story.

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  • Lesley
  • 13-05-2014

An historical novel you care about

Would you consider the audio edition of The Witch Hunter to be better than the print version?

Not sure. I liked the fact that the narration was clear and straight-forward without any gimmicks but would probably have felt the same about this book if i had read it myself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witch Hunter?

The rescue of Nesta from the Bush tavern. The scene at the burning tavern was very well realised.

Which character – as performed by Paul Matthews – was your favourite?

Crowner John as he came across as a decent man who cared about other people. However he was a character within the time in which the novel was set so had his faults and was far from perfect which made him more likeable.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Witch or wisewoman? Time to make up your mind.

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Historical setting obviously well researched and so gave a lot of interesting information. Characters very believable and even had me feeling sorry for the supporters of King Richard, knowing his brother would soon be on the throne!

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  • Twitcher777
  • 15-12-2013

Another excellent Crowner John!

If you could sum up The Witch Hunter in three words, what would they be?

Superb, fascinating read!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Crowner John is a complex, diverse and totally believable character who has many dimensions to his character including his mistresses!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Crowner John declines to hold an inquest; he is usually so keen to exert his influence and this change of tack was an interesting diversion from the usual ride roughshod and do his duty!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Crowner John faces unknown, sInister and medieval trials to his authority

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Another rip roaring Crowner John mystery ! Slightly different in its approach but Bernard Knight is always finding new ways to enthrall his readers. The fact that his long term mistress Nesta is facing accusations as a witch is a welcome added dimension.

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  • barry
  • 23-07-2013

captivating

first time for a sort of who done it.fantastic book great characters and made all the more good by a brilliant reader who put a lot into each person in the book. really well done.

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  • Cat Gillies
  • 07-02-2016

Another fantastic Crowner John mystery!

Another fantastic Crowner John story! I'd recommend this to all fans of historical murder mysteries.

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  • Penelope
  • 05-08-2013

The Witch Hunter

I like a medieval mystery and Bernard Knight's Crowner John books are great, and he characters build in each one.

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  • Roses
  • 23-07-2015

Rather slow?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't know if it's just me but I find listening to a novel quite hard in audio form. So perhaps my finding this novel slow is because I'd prefer to read it 'properly'. However I enjoyed the characters and the attention to detail. It's a good listen, I like the reader, but I think it would be a better 'read'

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  • Olivia
  • 05-12-2020

A good yarn

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was very well narrated, and kept me hooked. Onto the next one.

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