The Elixir of Death (Crowner John Mystery #10): Bernard Knight

We have some alchemy and middle eastern intrigue in this story.  It moves at a nice fast pace, and is clearly by now part of the ongoing story, rather than trying to bring in new readers (with that done in the introduction in the main). Things are now moving at a pace and to me this was an enjoyable read.


Figure of Hate (Crowner John Mystery #9): Bernard Knight

With life having changed at the end of the last book, John de Wolfe is left to deal the nobility. What it nice here is to not have to deal with a complex legal system, but more with a simpler mystery that has a lot of power playing behind it.