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Author Spotlight On Bernard Knight
By Rochelle Caviness - March 9, 2004

Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, is a multi-talented and multi-faceted individual who was born in Cardiff, Wales. A true Renaissance man, Knight has done-it-all, including working as a farmer, Army doctor, barrister, university lecturer, forensic scientist, and as a writer. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his work in the field of forensic science. He is a prolific writer who is respected for both his works of fiction, as well as his nonfiction books.

A former Home Office Pathologist and Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine, Knight has published an extensive body of literature related to the study of forensics and other medical related topics. His book, Forensic Pathology is the standard textbook on forensic pathology. In addition he has written several books on forensics geared to the general public. Knight's diverse work history is mirrored in his fiction. A novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Knight has tackled everything from contemporary crime stories, to mythic stories based on Welsh legends, to Brennan, a post-apocalyptic story. In the realm of fiction, Knight is best known for his 'Crowner John' mysteries.

Set primarily in Medieval Devon, England, these mysteries feature Sir John de Wolfe as the local coroner. Well crafted and historically accurate, these mysteries provide a unique window into 12th century Medieval English life. At the same time, these novels present the reader with a variety of enthralling and complex murder mysteries that will delight all mysteries fans - even those that normally shy away from historical novels.

Many of Knight's novels have been published in large print and audio formats. Below is a list of all the books in the Crowner John Series. Those marked with the notion, LP have been published in large print, and those marked with AE have been issued in audio.

Crowner John Books:
  1. The Sanctuary Seeker (LP)
  2. The Poisoned Chalice (LP)
  3. Crowner's Quest
  4. The Awful Secret
  5. The Tinner's Corpse (LP & AE)
  6. The Grim Reaper (LP & AE)
  7. Fear In The Forest (AE)
  8. The Witch Hunter

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