Read The Knocker on Death's Door by Ellis Peters Online


The knocker hung on a very special door - oak, heavy, with a late-Gothic arch, and apparently a late-Gothic curse. Then the door was moved from an old house, once an abbey, to the village church. Legend held that sinners who seized the knocker had their hands burned by the cold iron. But Gerry Bracewell didn't die of burns, neither did a second victim. Had they knocked onThe knocker hung on a very special door - oak, heavy, with a late-Gothic arch, and apparently a late-Gothic curse. Then the door was moved from an old house, once an abbey, to the village church. Legend held that sinners who seized the knocker had their hands burned by the cold iron. But Gerry Bracewell didn't die of burns, neither did a second victim. Had they knocked on death's door, or was a more down-to-earth killer at large?...

Title : The Knocker on Death's Door
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780446400169
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 202 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Knocker on Death's Door Reviews

  • Ellen
    2019-04-16 01:05

    The Knocker on Death's Door by Ellis Peters.This book was my introduction to Ellis Peters and the world of Detective Inspector George Felse. This author and this book/series should be shelved along with John Dickson Carr,Phoebe Atwood Taylor and others writers during the golden age of mysteries. It was that good. A massive door hung for centuries as the entrance to the wine cellar at the old Abbey in the village of Mottisham in west Midshire. The The family of the late Robert Macsen-Martel currently reside in that Abbey and have decided to return it to its original place in the Church of Saint Eata. There were several legends about this particular door and its huge knocker none of which could be proven but villagers kept the legends going from generation to generation. All was comparatively quiet in the village with nothing out of the ordinary taking place until the ancient door was moved. It was then that curiosity seekers began to arrive and with their curiousity came results none had expected.Highly recommended to all serious mystery lovers who search the shelves of their library for the impenetrable depth that only can be found in books by artists such as Ellis Peters.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-20 21:44

    From the same author of the Brother Cadfael series.Excellent whodunit (once again I was *surprised* by who the killer was, but that's the norm for me!). Will definitely read more of this contemporary series by Peters as well.Now to get back to 12th century Shrewsbury and to Brother Cadfael's herb garden!

  • Marlene
    2019-04-18 17:49

    I love the way Ellis Peters writes her Cadfael series and was in need of a new book. The writing style is similar but rather verbose. She was still introducing characters and setting the scene in Chapter 6. However, once the actual murder investigation got going; it was much better. In a traditional Agatha Christie twist, I guessed the murderer wrong so that was a nice surprise. Not too impressed with CID Felse though, he was hardly in the book.

  • Trish
    2019-03-24 01:02

    My first read in this particular series and Detective Felse was mostly absent, so didn't discover much about his character. The ending was a bit unbelievable. This story was boring and hard to follow, but maybe that was because I read it late at night and it put me to sleep.

  • Lbaker
    2019-04-08 20:50

    First book I've read in the series, and it was okay that it was book 10 - the characters and story held it together. Set in the 1960's in UK it was a good read with nice twists that were solvable by the reader if you guess correctly and paid attention.

  • Gheeta
    2019-03-27 20:03

    I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this. I like Ellis Peters' other series, the Brother Cadfael mysteries but I don't always take to an author's other works. This was a rather cozy standalone British mystery. Very enjoyable, very thought provoking.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-25 17:56

    Well written, whodunnit. Written in 1970, so no help with mobile phones or DNA, it makes a pleasant change and was not easy to work out who the culprit was although I had an idea.

  • Sep
    2019-03-21 18:00

    Before she created the beloved Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters produced a marvelous series involving the detective George Felse, his wife Bunty, and their son Dominic. Just before the book starts, the youngish head of the local great house has discovered that the door to his wine cellar was originally one that was stolen from the nearby church. Furthermore, the door has a curse. According to the legend, a sinner tried to enter but the door held firm and the poor man was found dead on the doorstep and some claimed that there was a whiff of brimstone in the air.As the book opens, this same door is being reverently escorted back to its correct doorway - the south porch of Saint Eata's (who BTW is a real saint from seventh century England. Thank you Wikipedia!). Back to the book . . . almost at once a body is discovered on the door step and then another shows up. George and the charming local policeman Sergeant Moon eventually solve the mystery which has several twists and turns.The part I treasure in this story are the characters of the village. The dead (and not lamented) former head of family left many illegitimate children and the minor subplots of these are both amusing and charming. And then there are men drinking in the pub who pretend to believe their own fantastic stories just to get the visiting ghost hunters all excited. The loyalty to one of their own if there is scandal: "The village knew . . .how to keep its own counsel." I recommend the series. A Brother Cadfael fan can see the loving way Peters dealt with (for her) modern day characters which she also brought to her Medieval stories.

  • Denise
    2019-03-31 19:50

    Loved It!!!

  • Andrea Hickman Walker
    2019-04-15 00:59

    This is a book written by the author of the Chronicles of Cadfael series, Ellis Peters. While looking for some information to link the title to, I see that this is the tenth book in the series about Inspector Felse, though it's the first time I've seen (or read) one. It's a fun, if rather predictable, story. I will certainly be looking out for others in the series. The characters that have stuck with me so far are not the ones that will be seen in other novels of the series. The detective is a rather shadowy presence, whereas the principal villagers involved in the tale have much more life to keep them in the mind. It was fun, but not necessarily a pinnacle of excellence and though I'd recommend them if you enjoy the genre, they wouldn't be my first choice for a new reader of crime fiction.

  • Mike
    2019-03-30 18:47

    THERE MAY BE A SPOILER HERE...This is a good deal better than some of the George Felse detective stories that Ellis Peters wrote. The plot is neat and doesn't unwind in a predictable way. I think I guessed who the murderer was early on - although it's pretty well-disguised - but that didn't take away from the enjoyment of reading the book to the end. The characters have a bit of an old-fashioned feel about them, even though the book was published in 1970 and takes place around that time. Perhaps it's because it's set in a small English village. However there is one oddity about it, and maybe I missed something in this regard. The murderer is supposed to be in another part of the country when the third murder (near-murder, rather) takes place, and I don't think Peters ever explains exactly how he was supposed to be in two places at once. It's a minor point!

  • Sylvia Kelso
    2019-04-12 21:38

    Another of the better non-Cadfael Peters novels, set in the strange valleys of the Welsh borders where George Felse ends up investigating modern murder cases. The villain in this one is not entirely unexpected, but the context of family and community and the twists of the story are, as usual in these books, attractive with the fascination of somewhere so far away it could be another world, for me at least. In time as well as in place, since these books were written in the late '60s and early '70s and their age shows. Though not enough to detract from the flavour, at least for me. Stories from the Land that Time Forgot, in a lot of ways, and hence particularly amber-like in their quality.

  • Sally
    2019-04-08 22:46

    As one reviewer said, it is the character development more than the plot or mystery that makes Ellis Peter's writings shine. I'm finding that in many of the Inspector Felse mysteries this is especially true, although this one has a very unusual plot. There may be some stock type characters and relationships, but somehow she makes these things seem entirely new, and I am enjoying this series. As usual, Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator for this audiobook.

  • Gill
    2019-04-01 17:58

    Another clever mystery/crime. As usual with Ellis Peters it is the character development rather than the who-dunnit that is at the heart of her book. Set in the Shropshire countryside with which she was so familiar Inspector Felse is at the heart of the investigation, aided and obstructed by the local community who close ranks against outsiders and delight in pub talk which is designed to mislead the press and curious psychic researchers. This is an enjoyable light read.

  • Maureen E
    2019-04-03 18:38

    We’re back in Shropshire for this one–yay! As usual, Peters’ descriptions and characters are marvellous. I did find one part a tiny bit unbelievable but am willing to go with it anyway. [Mar. 2010]-----I got this at a thrift store, because it’s Ellis Peters and she’s a bit hard to find. It’s not my favorite–it’s a bit gruesome and the romance at the end comes up pretty quickly. But it was still nice to re-read it. [Sept. 2011]

  • Chris Fitzgerald
    2019-04-10 01:55

    This book was good, but more of a traditional whodunnit than Peters' usual complex character study with a whodunnit attached (which I greatly prefer). There was one good character, but even he ended up as only about 2 3/4 dimensional instead of three.

  • Sergey
    2019-04-14 17:38

    I was bored and disengaged.

  • Colette
    2019-03-26 22:38

    A little predictable. I guessed "who done it" near the beginning, but didn't want to be right because it seemed to easy. However, I never guessed "why" they did it though until it was revealed.

  • Karlyne Landrum
    2019-04-04 22:38

    Just loved this ending!

  • Nikki
    2019-03-21 17:49

    A very good traditional police procedural which uses Ellis Peters' knowledge of medieval history and art in a contemporary crime.

  • Amy
    2019-04-11 23:39

    A really solid mystery. Reminded me of Leo Bruce but not as fun. I enjoyed it and will probably read more of his.

  • Maribeth
    2019-04-07 00:55

    Another excellent read by Ms. Peters for anyone who enjoys a good British mystery.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-30 21:51

    a very solid and enjoyable mystery

  • Sienna
    2019-03-30 18:42

    Three & a half stars, easy. Nice to have Felse Senior back in the home turf but I love how many characters get important parts. Always a fun little ride.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-29 23:04

    A good one