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The Medieval Murderers

Bernard Knight, a former Home Office pathologist, is the author of the acclaimed Crowner John series. Former police officer Susanna Gregory's novels feature Matthew Bartholomew, a C14th Cambridge physician. Karen Maitland is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling C14th mysteries Company of Liars and The Owl Killers. Philip Gooden writes Shakespearean murder mysteries. Ian Morson is the author of the Oxford-based Falconer series.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. All for one and one for all, or, we are all in this together

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Susanna has gone for 'Catch 22' by Joseph Heller, Karen for 'Perfume' by Patrick Suskind, and Ian Morson 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressell.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. As there are a whole bunch of us writing under the name Medieval Murderers, there are many authors to record here.  They include Graham Greene, Patrick O'Brien, Samuel Pepys, Christopher Brooke, Michael Crichton (all from Susanna Gregory), Ruth Dudley Edwards, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie (from Karen Maitland), and Robert Tressell, Elmore Leonard, and Charles Dickens (from Ian Morson)

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Do your research, then lock your books away, sit and start writing, and never give up

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Ooh, books are expensive these days, aren't they?

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January 19, 2012

Carmarthen in the 1190s: a snapshot in time

Writersare always being told to keep to what they know, so I decided to set myMedieval Murderers novellas in Carmarthen, thenearest town to where I live – a much-loved place, and one with plenty ofhistory and interest. However, modern Carmarthenwith its shops, cars and bustle, is very different to how it would have been inthe late twelfth century, the time I chose for the stories, so I had to goabout finding out what it was like.

Thefirst stage was just to wander, which is something I did (and still do) for... see more

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