Author Spotlight On
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,
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:
The Sanctuary Seeker (LP)
The Poisoned Chalice (LP)
The Awful Secret
The Tinner's Corpse (LP & AE)
The Grim Reaper (LP & AE)
Fear In The Forest (AE)
The Witch Hunter
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- The Poisoned Chalice, by Bernard Knight.
Exeter, in December of 1194 was not a safe place to be a young woman. Rapists and murderers seem to abound. Can Sir John de Wolfe, the local crowner (coroner), discover who is perpetrating these heinous crimes?
- The Confession of Brother Haluin, by Ellis Peters.
Thinking he is going to die, Brother Haluin makes his deathbed confession, revealing the horrific sins that he had committed before becoming a monk. When he recovers, he sets out with Cadfael in an attempt to make amends for his sins.
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