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.
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.
We get a change in the plot this time, with life moving at pace. IN this one Nesta comes into the fore of the story, and with a bit of trumped-up charging around Exeter, life become interesting and the plot here has some more bite to it than others.
We see the Royal Forests and again another legal system. There is some major developments in this book, and it changes things a little.
This time it is ecclesiology murder and mayhem, however it does feel that we are been shown another part of the legal system of the time.
It is good to see some of the minor characters doing more this time though.
The Tinner’s Corpse looks at the Tinneries and how the function. Again we see some tension between de Wolf and de Revel.
In general it is interesting mystery, but is seems like we are encountering different bits of the legal system of the time.
The forth in the Crowner John Mystery series by Bernard Knight, takes us on a new thread, again it follows on from the book before – Crowner’s Quest – but takes us into the intrigue of the Knights Templar, which does seem to be more of side plot that took over from the main one about pirate on the north coast and around Lundy. Again the book moves at a good pace, but the plot does seemed rather forced around the Templar matters.