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* TwistedChristmas: ''Crowner's Quest'' starts with John being called away from a Christmas party being thrown by his wife to investigate an apparent suicide. So John spends Christmas Eve examining the body an elderly priest hanging a stinking privy.This leads into a very bad Christmas and New Year for John.

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* TwistedChristmas: ''Crowner's Quest'' starts with John being called away from a Christmas party being thrown by his wife to investigate an apparent suicide. So John spends Christmas Eve examining the body an elderly priest hanging a stinking privy. This leads into a very bad Christmas and New Year for John.John.
* UnwantedSpouse: The marriage between John and Matilda is a bitter and loveless one. It was a political marriage arranged by their parents that neither really wanted. John deals with it by being away from home as much as possible, first by going soldiering in Europe and then joining the Crusade, and later by spending as much time out in the field doing his job as coroner as he can, and by taking mistresses. Matilda focuses her energy and ambition into relentless social climbing.


* NeverSuicide: In ''Crowner's Quest'', John is called in to investigate the death of a priest who hanged himself in the privy. John becomes suspicious when he notices that the short priest short not have been able to reach the beam he was found hanging from. He then finds ligature marks on the priest's neck that indicate he was strangled before being strung up.

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* NeverSuicide: In ''Crowner's Quest'', John is called in to investigate the death of a priest who hanged himself in the privy. John becomes suspicious when he notices that the short priest short should not have been able to reach the beam he was found hanging from. He then finds ligature marks on the priest's neck that indicate he was strangled before being strung up.

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* InterdisciplinarySleuth: Sir John is a knight and returned Crusader. His two sidekicks are a foot soldier turned bodyguard, and a defrocked monk turned clerk. All three of them possess useful skills in solving crimes.

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* TrialByOrdeal: Option available in certain circumstances. John himself regards it as a farce that doesn't prove anything.


* NeverLearnedToRead: At the start of the series, Sir John--like many of his class--is illiterate. He is embarrassed by this, especially as his man rival (and brother-in-law) the Sheriff of Exeter is literate. Over the course the books, John takes lessons form his clerk Thomas to become literate.

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* NeverLearnedToRead: At the start of the series, Sir John--like many of his class--is illiterate. He is embarrassed by this, especially as his man main rival (and brother-in-law) the Sheriff of Exeter is literate. Over the course the books, John takes lessons form his clerk Thomas to become literate.

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* DirtyOldMonk: Thomas is a cripple who used to be a priest as his deformities left him no real career opportunities except the Church. However, his weakness for the sins of the flesh got him defrocked after an attempted liaison with the daughter of a noble. Now a mere clerk, he continues to lech after pretty women but without success.

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* NeverLearnedToRead: At the start of the series, Sir John--like many of his class--is illiterate. He is embarrassed by this, especially as his man rival (and brother-in-law) the Sheriff of Exeter is literate. Over the course the books, John takes lessons form his clerk Thomas to become literate.


* HuntingAccident: In ''Crowner's Quest'', one of the victims is a Norman nobleman killed during a hunt. Having first lamed the horse of the reeve who was accompanying him to ensure that he would be alone, the murderer hits the noble over the head and then breaks is neck to make it look like he died in a fall from his horse after striking his head on a branch.

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* HuntingAccident: In ''Crowner's Quest'', one of the victims is a Norman nobleman killed during a hunt. Having first lamed the horse of the reeve who was accompanying him to ensure that he would be alone, the murderer hits the noble over the head and then breaks is his neck to make it look like he died in a fall from his horse after striking his head on a branch.

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* TwistedChristmas: ''Crowner's Quest'' starts with John being called away from a Christmas party being thrown by his to investigate an apparent suicide. So John spends Christmas Eve examining the body an elderly priest hanging a stinking privy.This leads into a very bad Christmas and New Year for John.

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* TwistedChristmas: ''Crowner's Quest'' starts with John being called away from a Christmas party being thrown by his wife to investigate an apparent suicide. So John spends Christmas Eve examining the body an elderly priest hanging a stinking privy.This leads into a very bad Christmas and New Year for John.

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* SexlessMarriage: At the start of their marriage, John and Matilda attempted to have children, but this only resulted in miscarriages. Since then, they have not slept together (more-or-less by mutual agreement). John deals with his urges by having a string of mistresses scattered across the county, while Matilda concentrates on her ruthless social climbing.


* TranslationConvention: Knight is upfront in acknowledging in his forewords that novels use a translation convention: explaining that the languages spoken in Exeter at the time would have been a mix of Norman French, Saxon, medieval Latin and Cornish, none of which would be comprehensible to a modern English speaker.

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* TranslationConvention: Knight is upfront in acknowledging in his forewords that novels use a translation convention: explaining that the languages spoken in Exeter at the time would have been a mix of Norman French, Saxon, Middle English, medieval Latin and Cornish, none of which would be comprehensible to a modern English speaker.

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* TranslationConvention: Knight is upfront in acknowledging in his forewords that novels use a translation convention: explaining that the languages spoken in Exeter at the time would have been a mix of Norman French, Saxon, medieval Latin and Cornish, none of which would be comprehensible to a modern English speaker.


* TortureNeverWorks: John's personal belief is that a confession extracted by torture has no veracity and prefers to find proof. However, he is not above using the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique if time is short and the situation is dire.

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* TortureNeverWorks: TortureIsIneffective: John's personal belief is that a confession extracted by torture has no veracity and prefers to find proof. However, he is not above using the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique if time is short and the situation is dire.

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