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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The King's Justice
  • E.M. Powell
  • English
  • 03 July 2019
  • 1542046017

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  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is the first in EM Powell s medieval mystery series featuring the unlikely pairing of senior court clerk, Aelred Barling, and messenger, Hugo Stanton In York 1176, the King s Justices are dispensing justice according to King Henry II s efforts to regularise the law across the 6 geographical circuits in England with the travelling Royal Justices Sir Reginald Edgar, from Claresham arrives unexpectedly demanding to be allowed to hang Nicholas Lindley, a homeless beggar, the suspected murdere This is the first in EM Powell s medieval mystery series featuring the unlikely pairing of senior court clerk, Aelred Barling, and messenger, Hugo Stanton In York 1176, the King s Justices are dispensing justice according to King Henry II s efforts to regularise the law across the 6 geographical circuits in England with the travelling Royal Justices Sir Reginald Edgar, from Claresham arrives unexpectedly demanding to be allowed to hang Nicholas Lindley, a homeless beggar, the suspected murderer of the village smith, Geoffrey Smith However, this demand is refused, and instead the careful, diligent and dispassionate Barling and Stanton who is rather fond of the drink and women, are both initially less than happy at being forced to work together and represent The King s Justices as they travel with Edgar to Claresham to look into the case.The two find a village baying for blood vengeance and an enraged Edgar as Barling insists on looking into the matter further As Lindley escapes and a slew of further murders take place, Barling and Stanton come under severe pressure faced with a host of suspects and increasing danger What shines in the novel is how, against the odds, Barling and Stanton begin to develop a good solid working relationship together with a growing respect for each other This is a promising beginning to a great series that is well researched and gives a great sense of the period, although justice is rather warped in that innocence is assumed if the accused dies in the established ordeals of the time Barling and Starling have personal back stories that are hinted at here that presumably will be revealed as the series continues I recommend this medieval mystery series as gripping, with great characterisation and a well plotted storyline Many thanks to my good friend, Peter, who recommended both this book and the series to me


  2. Peter Peter says:

    Incorrigible The King s Justice is an intriguing and perplexing historical murder mystery based in England during King Henry II s reign in 1176 Henry II is responsible for much of the current legal system in the UK, and introduced travelling Royal Justices to cover 6 geographical circuits in England, each circuit with 3 justices.In the story, Sir Reginald Edgar arrives in York to meet the circuit court He s drunk, obnoxious, has no witnesses or jurors, and is seeking approval to execute a suspe Incorrigible The King s Justice is an intriguing and perplexing historical murder mystery based in England during King Henry II s reign in 1176 Henry II is responsible for much of the current legal system in the UK, and introduced travelling Royal Justices to cover 6 geographical circuits in England, each circuit with 3 justices.In the story, Sir Reginald Edgar arrives in York to meet the circuit court He s drunk, obnoxious, has no witnesses or jurors, and is seeking approval to execute a suspected murderer in his hometown of Claresham With his tetchy arrogant behaviour, he is not granted his request but promised a clerk of the court to travel with him to Claresham to resolve the issue and administer the Kings Justice if necessary The King s Justice is a name given to a barbaric test to determine if a person is innocent or guilty It is administered by tying a person s hands to their ankles, thus doubling them in two, and then hung from the waist submerging them into a 12 foot pit full of water If you drown you are innocent, and if you survive you are guilty and then you are hanged The Witch Test it s better known as Nice choice Aeired Barling is the appointed clerk of the court, and through an unfortunate twist of fate, Hugo Stanton is selected as his assistant for the case a messenger of the church Both men have secret backgrounds that haunt them, and these are referred to but never explained in this novel for another book Barling is a religious, methodical and learned man that operates through well defined plans Stanton enjoys women and alcohol but has a sharp eye and a great ability to sense truth As a lowly messenger, speaking up is not only frowned upon but punishable and to Stanton s own detriment he often speaks up rather than see an injustice occur I really liked these two believable but apparently incompatible characters that are wonderfully constructed A mutual respect starts to develop and maybe opposites do attract A team for the future Stanton suspects that the person they are holding in the jail is not the killer but before they can question him further, he escapes, and other murders occur While it may look obvious for a while, there are other characters that could be the murderer The death toll mounts and the clever plotting has a great capacity to keep you guessing There are numerous red herrings and suspicions to add to the complexity and it s all delivered in a very believable and well plotted manner This is an excellent suspense murder mystery where the pace is maintained from cover to cover.What I also appreciated was that the supporting historical nature of the novel didn t detract from absorbing storytelling The atmosphere and village life were very subtly interwoven with the story, which contributed to the overall experience of reading the novel and provided another element of characterisation which is often very difficult to achieve Looking forward to reading book 2 The Monastery Murders published in September 2018


  3. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence Pit or Punishment Hugo Stanton couldn t tell which excited the folk of these hot, crammed streetsWith traveling courts established by Henry II havingthan enough to handle, the justices send court clerk Aelred Barling, and his young assistant Hugo Stanton, to a village outside York Although there were no witnesses, Nicholas Lindley has been imprisoned for the murder of the village smith The case seems certain, yet Stanton has his doubts The prisoner escapes,First Sentence Pit or Punishment Hugo Stanton couldn t tell which excited the folk of these hot, crammed streetsWith traveling courts established by Henry II havingthan enough to handle, the justices send court clerk Aelred Barling, and his young assistant Hugo Stanton, to a village outside York Although there were no witnesses, Nicholas Lindley has been imprisoned for the murder of the village smith The case seems certain, yet Stanton has his doubts The prisoner escapes,deaths occur, and the two men are tasked with quelling the villagers, dealing with the lord of the manor, and finding the killer To Powell s credit, no attempt to pretty up the period has been made Justice is anything but just and the streets are beyond foul However, it is interesting to see the early stages of the justice system All the characters have dimension and distinct personalities, pleasant and unpleasant Barling is the type of character one likesas the story progresses He is pragmatic To dwell on an error is never of benefit focused on the details and dedicated to his role and responsibility Stanton is observant and deductive There is very nice, subtle humor And well done, Stanton a good evening s work But he could believe the next Good, continued Barling, for one who is so new to learning how to exercise their wits The clerk carried on to his solar Stanton mouthed a favourite word at Barling s retreating back And for one who was supposedly limited in his wits, it was a fine, fine choice Powell does a good job of building the respect and the relationship which develops between the two men It s nice to know there will bebooks in this series as watching the partnership grow will be interesting There is a very good twist and the introduction of danger to the protagonists, as well as a sad event The story has something of a Midsomer Murders feel about it, except the number of murders surpasses that series usual three One does start to wonder whether anyone will be left alive in the village, although it does raise the stakes as to who the murderer could be Although revelation by exposition may not be a preferred style, it works in this instance and the killer is unexpected One criticism is that the Cast of Characters is at the end of the book rather than the beginning where it would have beenuseful However, the Historical Note is fascinating and well worth taking the time to read The King s Justice is muchthan it appears when one first starts Besides being a very good mystery, this is definitely a book for those who enjoy historicals THE KING S JUSTICE Hist Mys Stanton Barling England 1176 VG Powell, E.M 1st in series Thomas Mercer June 2018


  4. Veronica Veronica says:

    I wasn t terribly impressed with this start to the Stanton and Barling historical mystery series It s set in England during the reign of King Henry II Barling is a well respected clerk in the King s Court and Stanton is a young widower who works as a messenger for the court A murder in a nearby village causes the two men to be dispatched to see that a proper investigation and judgment of law is carried out That single murder is soon compounded and I started to think the author was going to b I wasn t terribly impressed with this start to the Stanton and Barling historical mystery series It s set in England during the reign of King Henry II Barling is a well respected clerk in the King s Court and Stanton is a young widower who works as a messenger for the court A murder in a nearby village causes the two men to be dispatched to see that a proper investigation and judgment of law is carried out That single murder is soon compounded and I started to think the author was going to bump off the whole village The investigation conducted by Barling and Stanton seemed rather inadequate We re told several times about Stanton s ability to see what others cannot but this ability is never actually shown in the course of the story I doubt they ever would ve managed to solve the case if not for someone outright telling them where to find key evidence that pointed directly to the killer And that brings me to the final act of the story that had me rolling my eyes The killer monologues for a chapter and a half a chapter and a half laying out all the details of the crimes It s certainly convenient because otherwise neither Stanton nor Barling would ve never been able to piece it all together


  5. Iset Iset says:

    I have not read this author before, so this book was a blind gamble on my part, based purely on the fact that I generally enjoy historical mystery novels Still, a book s quality is never guaranteed But I enjoyed this one.The book is the first in a series, but the two protagonists Stanton and Barling are clearly carrying past traumas with them At first I thought this was part of a multi book character arc, cleverly designed to draw the readers in whilst presenting a new crime mystery in ea I have not read this author before, so this book was a blind gamble on my part, based purely on the fact that I generally enjoy historical mystery novels Still, a book s quality is never guaranteed But I enjoyed this one.The book is the first in a series, but the two protagonists Stanton and Barling are clearly carrying past traumas with them At first I thought this was part of a multi book character arc, cleverly designed to draw the readers in whilst presenting a new crime mystery in each book but the Author s Note at the back of the book reveals that at least one of the two main characters featured in the author s other novels, where aforementioned traumatic events played out As a result, I m not sure if readers can jump in here, the first Stanton Barling mystery, or if it would be better to read the author s other books prior to this one I would say, cautiously, that you can jump in here with no prior knowledge, but on the other hand I definitely got the sense that I was missing a bigger picture and I felt a little frustrated at not being in on it Then again, that may compel some readers to buy and read the author s other books, so who s to say it s a negative at all I also felt a little uncertain about the relatability of the protagonists in the early stages of the book I disliked how Stanton wallowed in his grief and let it cripple him at times, but I was wholeheartedly on board with his modern sense of justice and his disgust at brutality Barling, meanwhile, appealed to me as a book lover, but I felt contempt for his damaging adherence to order over ethics the two are not always the same and his stuffiness I stuck with it though because it seemed to me that characters like these should and probably do grow and change over time, and as the mystery got going I got well and truly hooked into unravelling the clues and speculating about the suspects I won t talk about the central mystery, as I don t wish to give spoilers, but I will say that I did not guess whodunnit and was taken by surprise The pace was good, and I have to say in particular the length of the chapters seemed perfectly pitched to tempt me into just onesomething significant advances the plot in each one, so you know there s going to be a payoff, and they re short enough that even when pressed for time you can get away with a sneaky extra chapter The cliff hangers were just as perfectly delivered.All in all, whilst I didn t consider it an outstanding book, I would definitely call it a solid start to the series, enjoyable, and worth reading.7 out of 10


  6. Diane Estrella Diane Estrella says:

    I must admit, I have a penchant for medieval stories This was a new author to me and I was grateful to find this delightful new series I will happily be looking into book two to continue learningabout our two seemingly contrasting heroes.This type of story reminded me of another author I like and his Hugh De Singleton s Chronicles These types of books have a slow but steady pace, and the plot unfolds one layer at a time There is not any high tech antics involved, but mindful and purpos I must admit, I have a penchant for medieval stories This was a new author to me and I was grateful to find this delightful new series I will happily be looking into book two to continue learningabout our two seemingly contrasting heroes.This type of story reminded me of another author I like and his Hugh De Singleton s Chronicles These types of books have a slow but steady pace, and the plot unfolds one layer at a time There is not any high tech antics involved, but mindful and purposeful sleuthing Since there are no bells and whistles, this kind of storytelling makes the plotline all theimportant Because the pacing is slower, it took me a few chapters to fully get into the story, but then there was no stopping me The author did an incredible job of keeping me guessing from start to finish as to who our murderous culprit was.Full disclosure to readers who follow my reviews, this book was not of the G or PG nature that I generally lean towards While there was no blatant sexual scenes included, there were numerous places it was gently touched upon, which were tastefully done and used to further the storyline.I won this book in a blog giveaway but was not required to leave a review All opinions expressed here are my own


  7. Tim Tim says:

    The King s Justice by E.M Powell was my choice from May s Kindle First Reads list Quite often I don t find anything on the list that truly appeals and so I pick one that I think soundsinteresting than the others This time though it was an easy choice since I do have a soft spot for historical mysteries and this fitted slap bang in the middle of that category.Powell is a new author to me so although the Stanton character has appeared in another of her novels, The Blood of the Fifth Knigh The King s Justice by E.M Powell was my choice from May s Kindle First Reads list Quite often I don t find anything on the list that truly appeals and so I pick one that I think soundsinteresting than the others This time though it was an easy choice since I do have a soft spot for historical mysteries and this fitted slap bang in the middle of that category.Powell is a new author to me so although the Stanton character has appeared in another of her novels, The Blood of the Fifth Knight, I had no knowledge of him and found the introduction well written We learn of his distaste at serving as part of the King s Justice though details as to why are sketchy, along with his cynicism at the validity of trial by ordeal as a method for determining guilt As an aside when reading the part concerning ordeal by water, my mind kept being distracted by the fact that according to Monty Python and the Holy Grail a witch weighs the same as a duckWe quickly learn of Stanton s weakness for a good time The consequence of one particular instance is his forced relationship with Aelred Barling, his stuffy, senior colleague This relationship underpins the whole story with Barling presented as a fussy, meticulous practitioner who initially regards Stanton as a disgrace During the course of the story, as each learnsabout the other, both start to view one another in afavourable light Personally I found Barling quite endearing quietly authoritative and sometimes acting like a mentor towards Stanton Hints at Barling s past are made but no details forthcoming.The story itself is usual fayre a murder, a potential perpetrator captured, and rough justice waiting to be meted out by all and sundry Fortunately for the hapless perp who is proclaiming innocence, Stanton and Barling are dispatched to see that justice is administered in accordance with Henry II s new laws of the land The setting is a village comprising a butcher, baker and candlestick maker OK well that s not true but there is was a blacksmith the murder victim, a thatcher, a weaver and various other trades represented The Lord of the Manor is typically brutish though in this case particularly fond of the grape a phrase that for some reason made me smile and I henceforth declare myself to be fond of the hop.The body count starts increasing and fear spreads throughout the village As newcomers who delay the swift execution of the obvious murderer, Stanton and Barling have to frequently rely on their authority in the name of the King to keep the baying hordes in check.There are sufficient numbers of characters each with their own traits for the author to weave interesting storylines with several red herrings and potential clues along the way There is a nice twist near the end before the true murderer is revealed but I have to say that I did correctly guess earlier on who it was Just call it intuition rather than any brilliance on my part I guess it comes from reading a lot of these kinds of stories.Reading on a Kindle gives me some difficulty when assessing how big the book is I reckon it took about five hours to read It certainly doesn t have the complexity of one of C.J Sansom s Shardlake tales nor the epic scale of another 12th century story, Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth However it certainly stands up well with other historical mysteries of the same period by Ariana Franklin or later by L.C Tyler.This is Book 1 in the series and I will be reading the next one, The Monastery Murders, shortly


  8. David David says:

    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Fifth Knight series, i was delighted to receive a review copy of E.M Powell s new book The King s Justice in exchange for an honest independent review.This is the first book in a new series by E.M Powell about Stanton Barling and it s a move from the thriller genre to the mystery genre, but still set in King Henry II s reign as the Fifth Knight series was.The King s Justice is set in 1176 and is based around the royal justices who travelled around the c Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Fifth Knight series, i was delighted to receive a review copy of E.M Powell s new book The King s Justice in exchange for an honest independent review.This is the first book in a new series by E.M Powell about Stanton Barling and it s a move from the thriller genre to the mystery genre, but still set in King Henry II s reign as the Fifth Knight series was.The King s Justice is set in 1176 and is based around the royal justices who travelled around the country hearing cases The book introduces us to Aelred Barling, a clerk to the justices, and brings back Hugo Stanton, who appeared in the second book in the Fifth Knight series but is now a messenger to the justices.Sir Reginald Edgar, the Lord of the village of Claresham outside of York, arrives at court in York to seek permission to execute a man accused of murder in his village However, the murder was not witnessed by anyone and Sir Reginald does not bring a case against the accused to enable the court to make a decision As the court is moving on the following day, Aelred Barling is sent by the justices to investigate what appears to be a straightforward case of murder and, due to circumstances entirely of his own making, Hugo Stanton has to accompany him.As event unfold, the case isn t as straightforward as it appears as the plot twists one way and then the other Towards the end, i was feeling quite smug in the thought that i had worked out the whodunit , only to then feel foolish that i d got it wrong as i reached the book s conclusion.As with her previous books, E.M Powell gets a good balance between describing life in the 12th century and having a good plot that moves along at a nice pace Her knowledge of the era is excellent and she describes events well, giving the reader a vivid picture of what s happening which also reminds the reader quite how hard and brutal life could be then.If you enjoy a good mystery then I highly recommend this book The move in this direction clearly suits E.M Powell and i look forward to further books in this new Stanton Barling series


  9. Blair Hodgkinson Blair Hodgkinson says:

    An enjoyable medieval thriller filled with interesting suspects and the fascinating weirdness of 12th century English law.


  10. OjoAusana OjoAusana says:

    My kind of book Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction mystery Was way better than i expected and not sexual which is always a plus imo I love everything about this book tbh and cant wait to read the rest of the series


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The King's Justice➵ [Reading] ➷ The King's Justice By E.M. Powell ➪ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A murder that defies logic and a killer still on the looseEngland, Aelred Barling, esteemed clerk to the justices of King Henry II, is dispatched from the royal court with his young assistant, Hugo S A murder that defies logic and a killer still on the looseEngland,Aelred Barling, esteemed clerk to the justices of King Henry II, is dispatched from the royal court with his young assistant, Hugo Stanton, to investigate a brutal murder in a village outside YorkThe case appears straightforward A suspect is under lock and key in the The King's ePUB ↠ local prison, and the angry villagers are demanding swift justice But when bodies are discovered, certainty turns to doubt and amid the chaos it becomes clear that nobody is above suspicionFacing growing unrest in the village and the fury of the lord of the manor, Stanton and Barling find themselves drawn into a mystery that defies logic, pursuing a killer who evades capture at every turnCan they solve the riddle of who is preying upon the villagers And can they do it without becoming prey themselves.


About the Author: E.M. Powell

EM Powell s historical thriller and medieval mystery Fifth Knight and Stanton Barling novels have been and Bild bestsellers The third Stanton Barling mystery, THE CANTERBURY MURDERS, will be released in October Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free The King's ePUB ↠ State , she lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook friendly dog Find outby visiting her website empowell or follow her on Twitter empowellauthorEM Powell is represented by Josh Getzler at HG Literary.