Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the epic blog tour for; The Canterbury Murders by E.M. Powell, which is the third book in the Stanton and Barling series. I can’t wait to share my review of this wonderful book with you all. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Blog Tours for the invite to this tour. Now, let’s have a look at this book…
About the Book
The Canterbury Murders by E,M. Powell.
Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Publisher; Crosshaven Press
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 man’s face disfigured by a shocking wound.
When King’s 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 victim–and 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 again—and stop it before it comes for them?
THE CANTERBURY MURDERS is the third book in E.M. Powell’s Stanton and Barling medieval murder mystery series. Combining intricate plots, shocking twists and a winning–if unlikely–pair of investigators, this series is perfect for fans of Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael or C. J. Sansom’s Shardlake.
This is the third book in the Stanton and Barling Mysteries, which just happens to be my first introduction to this wonderfully engaging series. Personally, I do think you can easily read this as a stand-alone, overall this is all about the mystery but I do think if you want to get to know Stanton and Barling and learn more about them and their history I would need to read the previous books too, which I will be doing so.
1177, Canterbury Cathedral, a fire has swept through and ravaged parts of the historic building, the resident prior; Benedict is in charge of the great restoration but things come to a sudden grisly stop when a stonemason is found brutally murdered. Gasp!!
The King’s own clerk; Aelred Barling is only passing through on a pilgrimage to visit the tomb of the martyr; Saint Thomas Becket, with his faithful sidekick; Hugo Stanton. Barling and Stanton are asked to help solve the case and get to the bottom of the heinous crime.
Then, Boom; another murder!! Thing’s are looking uncertain, there are fear and speculation amongst the congregation, Barling and Stanton must work quickly to bring the culprit to justice before blood flows again.
The Canterbury Murder’s is an excellently written, engrossing, fast-paced ‘whodunnit’ what I particularly loved about it, is that it is a small way reminded me of Cadfael, the same intriguing plot which keeps you hooked throughout and charismatic entertaining characters who you can’t help but like instantly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, I’ve not read any of this author before but I liked how Powell’s engaging writing and how she kept you guessing as to who did what and why, I didn’t see the ending coming, I was gripped!
I loved how fast the plot was, as soon as I started reading I was swept away and thrown headfirst into the 12th century, from the first page you just know that this book is going to be a good ‘un and I wasn’t wrong, I loved the journey, I loved that it piqued my imagination.
The Canterbury Murder’s is an intense, mysterious, vivid, atmospheric, tantalising and compulsive read, the perfect historical to really sink your teeth into.
About the Author
E.M. Powell’s 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.
Blog Tour Scedule
Tuesday, January 12
Review at Reader_ceygo
Thursday, January 14
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Friday, January 15
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Saturday, January 16
Review & Excerpt at Older & Smarter
Monday, January 18
Feature at I’m Into Books
Tuesday, January 19
Review at A Book Geek
Wednesday, January 20
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Friday, January 22
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, January 25
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, January 26
Interview at Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, January 27
Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, January 28
Review at the.b00kreader
Friday, January 29
Review at Hoover Book Reviews
Thursday, February 4
Review at Bookramblings
Enter to win a paperback copy of The Canterbury Murders by E.M. Powell! Two copies are up for grabs!
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on February 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Link here – The Canterbury Murders.