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Praise for PC Doherty:

Resurrectionist magic. (The New York Times Book Review)

Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric. A great read. (Historical Novels Review)

About the Author

P.C. DOHERTY is the author of several acclaimed mystery series including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. He lives in England.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Hugh Corbett Medieval Mystery (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312678193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312678197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Early in the fourteenth century in London, a killer murders Walter Evesham, former chief justice in the Court of King's Bench. The victim's throat was cut and the letter M carved into his forehead. The homicide occurred in a locked room with the M being the trademark of assassin Mysterium.

Hugh Corbett, "the Keeper of the King's Secret Seal," investigates the murder. He knows Evesahm caught Mysterium two decades ago, but the hired killer escaped and apparently fled the kingdom. As others die, it appears he has come home. However, his inquiry spins strangely when he concludes that two killers are terrorizing London and no one, not even King Edward I, is above suspicion except his assistant former Newgate resident Ranulf.

This is the usual great medieval whodunit that readers expect from P.C. Doherty (see The Waxman Murders and Nightshade) as the background has the armchair audience feeling they are in the first decade of the fourteenth century while accompanying the hero on the case. Fast-paced, the exhilarating storyline opens with an exciting riot at Newgate, turns to several murders and riots as the innocent die, and ends with a stunning confrontation.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gina Pro on July 31, 2012
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I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. This book was not an exception. Thank you amazon for keeping the series current.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Weller on February 17, 2014
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I have never enjoyed a Hugh Corbett mystery less than this one. It has very little of the action of his earlier book. It centers mostly around a churhc or Hugh's room. It was a rather static mystery. I believe that this is the last of the Hugh Corbett books as Sir Hugh retires at the end of the volumed. Some of the earlier books are much better than this. I would recommend reading the earlier books rather than this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Bennett on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I got up to page 75. Apparently when I read I need each time a character says something to have "he said" by it. This book doesn't specify every time who said what. For example, "I am hungry.", John said. There are many instances in this book where it doesn't specify exactly who is saying what so I would get lost. I am sure this is just my preferred reading style, but I thought I would write the review in case it would help anyone else.
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By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2012
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What can I say...I'm a PC Doherty fan. I enjoyed this mystery very much. Great plot...great characters...lots of historical detail. Another great book under my belt. Kudos to Mr. Doherty.
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