The Crooked Spire

The Crooked Spire

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1361: Orphaned by the Black Death, all young John has left are the tools his father, a carpenter, leaves behind. Before long, however, John realises that he too has a way with wood; it speaks to him and he can make it do what he wants. Leaving the poverty and plague in Leeds behind, John travels to Chesterfield, where he finds work erecting the spire of the new church. But no sooner does he begin than the master carpenter is murdered and John himself becomes a suspect.To prove his innocence John must help the coroner in his search for the killer, a quest that brings him up against some powerful enemies in a town where he is still a stranger and friends are few. Chris Nickson brilliantly evokes the feeling of time and place in this story of corruption and murder.
Publisher: New York :, The History Press
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780752499611
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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finn75
Apr 25, 2016

An interesting mystery based in the aftermath of the Black Death in medieval England. It gives a fictional account of how Chesterfield Parish Church got its world famous crooked spire and the murder and mayhem that its construction caused. Sometimes the admissions of guilt are a bit hard to believe but it is still worth reading if this time period interests you.

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