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Bermondsey Priory, 1114: A young chaplain succumbs to the temptations of the flesh and suffers a gruesome punishment. From that moment the monastery is cursed and over the next 500 years, murder and treachery abound inside its hallowed walls. A beautiful young bride found dead two days before her wedding; a ghostly figure warns of impending doom; there is a plot to deposeBermondsey Priory, 1114: A young chaplain succumbs to the temptations of the flesh and suffers a gruesome punishment. From that moment the monastery is cursed and over the next 500 years, murder and treachery abound inside its hallowed walls. A beautiful young bride found dead two days before her wedding; a ghostly figure warns of impending doom; there is a plot to depose King Edward II; all the while mad monks and errant priests abound. Even the poet Chaucer finds himself drawn into the dark deeds and violent death which pervade this unhappy place....

Title : House of Shadows
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ISBN : 9780743295468
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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House of Shadows Reviews

  • Michael Jecks
    2018-11-29 14:03

    I enjoyed this. The concept was a hard one, because trying to think of a new theme for Medieval Murderers wasn't ever going to be easy, but when we hit upon the idea of a monastery on the south bank of the Thames, the story began to take off. I have to say, I cheated. Whereas all my colleagues got very intrigued with the internal layout of the convent, looking to archaeological records and ancient reports, I had other books to write, so instead I sat down and looked at what the marshes and surrounding area was like. And found out a vast amount about the way that London was, which helped me with other books!

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-02 14:04

    A wonderful mystery collaboration by several authors. The story is tied into one abbey, and is a compendium of short mystery stories taking place over several centuries. I liked some of the stories/writing styles better than others, but thought the concept was brilliant.

  • Claire (Clairby11xxx)
    2018-11-13 11:56

    (6/10) I enjoyed these short stories, some more than others. I liked the overarching story of the monastery and thought all the mysteries were unique so it wasn't too repetitive. Looking forward to trying the rest of the series.

  • Aliss Halle
    2018-12-06 19:06

    Uneven, but to be expected because it's got five different authors. Still loving the concept of an object (in this case a building) that traces its way through five novellas. Found the "surprise" of the epilogue a bit predictable (maybe it wasn't meant to be a surprise?).

  • Hypatia
    2018-12-03 12:51

    A light, fun read for the most part. Some chapters are definitely better than others. I was amused by the chapter in which Juliet Capun was married in secret by a Friar Lawrence. I was less amused by the description of a number of characters watching a lunar eclipse in the pouring rain.

  • Glynis O'halloran
    2018-11-27 17:57

    The Medieval Murderers books are very similar in essemce but there is something compulsive about them that I enjoy.

  • Lora
    2018-11-21 19:00

    I did some research to find a new author who might dabble in medieval murder mysteries since I have run out of Ellis Peters books to read. This looked interesting, and the added perk of the author being listed simply as "the medieval murderers" sounded fun, in a bookish way. This particular book is a series of short stories all relating to the same setting and referring back to each other as they span hundreds of years time around a certain priory near London. Unfortunately, the authors have sacrificed character realism for building design accuracy. The modern phrases and some modern attitudes simply jarred me over and over as I struggled to keep reading. Along the way, I got tired of the way characetrs swore, it was actually more offensive than real swearing. It was so incredibly unlikely that monks or even men of the world would refer to their god or their savior with such coarseness. Of course, the 'man of science' was the intelligent, compassionate, nay, modern one. The more religious a character was, the more likely to be a hypocrite, madman, troglodyte, or evil soul. I am so tired of this stereotype.Oh Ellis Peters, wherefore art thou???I got halfway into the third story- almost halfway into this book, and decided I just could not waste my time on this. The uneven writing within each story and the underlying assumptions of the authors with their trite stereotypes, the lacking description, the hit-me-over-the-head repetition of facts that the authors felt I just had to remember--I'm just going to go reread some Brother Cadfael. These folks and their series are off my list.

  • Oria
    2018-12-12 10:56

    I kind of expected more from this book. Mystery and murder, combined with various characters playing detectives along the years on a seemingly haunted location could have been a great basis for a story but in this case it fell just short of interesting. It's a book about the story and not about characters and I really wanted to like it more...

  • Ice Bear
    2018-12-11 12:44

    I enjoyed this more than the Tainted relic. A reappearance for some of the characters. The short stories being based around Bermondsey Monastrey. There was more continuity in this one. A good holiday read.

  • Susan
    2018-12-14 15:03

    Very good the team of writers compliment one another well

  • J.T.K. Gibbs
    2018-11-13 19:09

    Better than Tainted Relic. It's as if the writers had settled more into the characters and were "teaching" less. A lesson for those of us writing sequels.

  • Amyem
    2018-11-27 15:56

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  • Ruth
    2018-11-28 14:44

    Not quite as good as the other books in the series. Perhaps the premise made it a bit more difficult.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-12-07 16:12

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  • Paula Henderson
    2018-11-14 14:52

    Really enjoyed this one. I could picture myself in the midst of things