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Ian Morson Books In Order

Publication Order of Master William Falconer Mystery Books

Falconer's Crusade (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer's Judgement (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer and the Face of God (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Psalm for Falconer (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer and the Great Beast (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer and the Ritual of Death (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer's Trial (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer and the Death of Kings (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falconer and the Rain of Blood (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Nick Zuliani Books

City of the Dead (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Deadly Injustice (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ian Morson was born in Midlands in the year 1947 into a working class family with the family members working at either the railways or Rolls-Royce. Morson attended the local Grammar school, which had high academic standards. The school was among the few, which taught Russian. After completing his studies at the Grammar school, Morson secured a scholarship in the year 1965, to Oxford University. While at Oxford University, he developed a deep love for folk music, thus he performed many at times at the local pubs and clubs.

Moreover, he was also selected as the president of the school’s Heritage Society. While at the same college, he came close to meeting the president to be, Bill Clinton, however, they were several years apart. While at Oxford, he fell in love with the school. He later was awarded a grant at Leads University to conduct a research into the Folk-life studies for one year. Thus, his thesis was on Music hall and folk songs. After completing his thesis, he started working as a Library assistant in London. He later progressed into a senior post over the years that followed. Ian Morson has married twice and currently lives in Cornwall. While working as a librarian he grew an interest in conversation and thus, he spent most of his time volunteering. Apart from volunteering, he also performed and directed the St. Austin Players. With that said, Ian Morson became a professional writer at 42 years of age after performing poetry and plays for different radio stations.

Falconer’s Crusade

If you love historical novels then you definitely have to read the Falconer’s crusade. The Falconer’s crusade does not only have a clever premise but it also has great characterization and a storyline, which will keep you, entertained throughout. If you have read any other work by the author, then you will realize that he has a great grasp of historical details and the settings in his novels, which in turn makes his work excellent read. This is indeed a great and exciting way to discover history. The storyline is set at Oxford University during the 13th Century. The cruel killing of a girl creates a turmoil of confusion between the exceedingly rich students and the extremely poor residents. One day, one of the school’s privileged students stumbles upon the girl’s corpse. The student narrowly escapes being beaten to death by an extremely angry mob, which mainly constituted the local people.

In this book, the author introduces, William Falconer, a highly fascinating sleuth of the Aristotle College, which is a part of Oxford University. Falconer refers to himself as the deductionist. All the characters in this book have not only been well developed but are also believable. Furthermore, Ian Morson has also brilliantly developed the discrimination, which was present between the local people and the students. Apart from the discrimination in the book, the author has also ingeniously crafted the main plot. Upon reading the book, you will also appreciate the subplot, which involved the Jewish quarter and the various issues, which related to the various prejudices of the 13th Century. In many mysteries, the reader can easily predict how the story will end, however Ian Morson introduces some unexpected turns and twists which will unquestionably throw you off-track. This is an exceedingly enjoyable book, which has been well researched.

Falconer’s Judgment

This is the third book in the William Falconer book series. The book is set in the year 1261 and commoners and nobles who due to various reasons are disappointed by the King’s foreign advisors confront King Henry the third. During this period, different factions are vying to take control over the papacy, since Alexander the fourth is about to die. As all these is happening, the author introduces the reader to William Falconer. At this point, William Falconer is Oxford’s University reagent master. He is making attempts to save the various students who had been accused of killing Sinibado. Sinibado is the brother to the unloved bishop Otho who is also a viable candidate for the Holy See and Papal Legate. However, the story takes a different turn when the prime suspect in the investigation is found dead. To find the killer, William Falconer applies the deductive logic which was developed by the critically acclaimed Greek philosopher, Aristotle. William Falconer had learned this logic from his Roger Bacon his great friend so as to sift through the worldly plots and the ecclesiastic.

However, he cannot unfold the mystery on his own, thus he seeks the assistance of Guillaume de Beajueu a knight Templar who has been sent all the way from Rome. He has to pursue the ends of his own orders and also Ann Segrim who is the unhappy spouse to one of the native plotters. So as to solve the mystery and locate the killer, William Falconer must save his life and those of the political leaders who have been targeted by the killer. He also must fight against the sinister forces which are working against him. With that said, despite the fact that this book includes a little bit of fiction, the storyline is based on true incidents. All in all, the characters in this book are not only strong but have also been well developed by Ian Morson. The addition of Ann Segrim to the storyline was a brilliant idea since she played a key role in the series, especially towards the end.

Falconer and the Beast

Falconer and the Beast is the fifth installment in the William Falconer book series. The book’s main protagonist is William Falconer who is Oxford’s University Regent Master. The book is named after King Henry the Third’s aging elephant. This is an exceedingly interesting book, which introduces the reader to the Mongol warrior. The local community must host the Tartars, a medieval tribe from the Eastern, who have constantly wreaked chaos on the Christian Knights. The medieval tribe have claimed that they are on a peaceful mission since they only seek the audience of the king. With that said, this is an excellent read, which like all the previous installment had absolutely great characters. If you are a fan of medieval monastic mysteries then you should definitely read the William Falconer series.

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