About the Book
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 manís face disfigured by a shocking wound.
When Kingís 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 victimñand 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 againóand stop it before it comes for them?
THE CANTERBURY MURDERS is the third book in E.M. Powellís Stanton and Barling medieval murder mystery series. Combining intricate plots, shocking twists and a winningñif unlikelyñpair of investigators, this series is perfect for fans of Ellis Petersí Brother Cadfael or C. J. Sansomís Shardlake.
You know, there’s just something about mysteries that draw you into the story. I don’t know what it is about them but they’ve been a favorite genre of mine for as long as I can remember. And it’s a genre that is just timeless. And what I really loved about this particular mystery is that it is set in the past and brings back in an engaging and fun way.
The one thing that this book did really well with was not feeling like a dry history lesson. You know those books that feel like they more they’re telling you every little detail about the time period instead of actually sharing a story with you? Yeah, this isn’t one of those. You are transported back to the times but you get to live it through the characters and their shenanigans.
And even with this solid story telling I still felt as if I learned a lot. I really enjoyed this read and it was such an interesting take on the classic mystery genre. Plus I do love a book that teaches me without my knowing.
About the Author
E.M. Powellís 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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