THE CANTERBURY MURDERS BY E.M. POWELL
Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Series: Stanton & Barling, #3
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
A fire-ravaged cathedral. An ungodly murder.
Easter, 1177. Canterbury Cathedral, home to the tomb of martyr Saint Thomas Becket, bears the wounds of a terrible fire. Benedict, prior of the great church, leads its rebuilding. But horror interrupts the work. One of the stonemasons is found viciously murdered, the dead man’s face disfigured by a shocking wound.
When King’s clerk Aelred Barling and his assistant, Hugo Stanton, arrive on pilgrimage to the tomb, the prior orders them to investigate the unholy crime.
But the killer soon claims another victim–and another. As turmoil embroils the congregation, the pair of sleuths face urgent pressure to find a connection between the killings.
With panic on the rise, can Barling and Stanton catch the culprit before evil prevails again—and stop it before it comes for them?
THE CANTERBURY MURDERS is the third book in E.M. Powell’s Stanton and Barling medieval murder mystery series. Combining intricate plots, shocking twists and a winning–if unlikely–pair of investigators, this series is perfect for fans of Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael or C. J. Sansom’s Shardlake.
The Canterbury Murders by E.M. Powell is the third installment in the Stanton and Barling medieval murder mystery series. However, I did read this as a standalone and was able to do so without any issue.
It didn’t take long for this novel to take off. The pacing is great and kept me wanting more. One of the things that impresses me the most about historical fiction is the research that goes into these novels. It felt realistic and authentic. I felt as if I was transported back in time, with rich details of setting and atmospheric writing.
I’m impressed with the cast of characters. The main and side characters were very well written. I love the multiple POVs. It really let me get inside the character’s heads.
The muder mystery was well crafted. I loved the twists and the fact that I couldn’t guess what was happening.
Overall, this was an impressive novel. Give it a read.
*I received a free copy of this book from HFVBT in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
E.M. Powell’s historical thriller and medieval mystery Fifth Knight and Stanton & Barling novels have been #1 Amazon and Bild bestsellers.
The third Stanton & Barling mystery, THE CANTERBURY MURDERS, will be released in November 2020.
Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog.
E.M. Powell is represented by Josh Getzler at HG Literary.
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Interview at Jathan & Heather
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Review at Books and Zebras
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Review at Hoover Book Reviews
Thursday, February 4
Review at Bookramblings
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