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A Haunt of Murder (Canterbury Tales Series) Hardcover – February 17, 2009

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In 1381, a series of inexplicable murderspits the impoverished peasants of Maldon, Essex, against the upper-class residents of Ravenscroft Castle in Doherty's diverting sixth Canterbury Tales mystery (after 2002's The Hangman's Hymn), told by the clerk of Oxford. Ralph Mortimer, a clerk at Ravenscroft, must figure out who's been slaying villagers and castle dwellers alike. With practically everyone in Maldon a suspect, bringing a killer to justice won't be easy, especially when friends aren't always who they claim to be, and evil spirits are at work within the castle walls. Meanwhile, Mortimer seeks Brythnoth's legendary golden cross from pagan times—and is distracted by grief after his fiancée,Beatrice Arrowner, falls to her death from the castle parapet. Evoking the medieval world through sparing use of period detail and language, veteran British author Doherty weaves an intricate and suspenseful tale sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers. (Feb.)
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About the Author

P. C. DOHERTY is the author of several acclaimed mystery series. He lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Series: Canterbury Tales Series (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312359616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312359614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Doherty, one of the most prolific mystery writers working today, has produced another in his Canterbury Tales series where the pilgrims tell stories guaranteed to make the flesh creep. And this one is the creepiest to date.
Here he explores alternate realities - one of the main characters is a spirit and her character development is that of a spiritual character rather than a human.
If you like your spine tingled, this tale will do it. It's full of action, with beautiful maidens (albeit dead) handsome swains and evil doers. Paul Doherty always delivers historical accuracy, with a full dose of the religious and supernatural fears and feelings of the time.
Doherty is a master story teller - the pace is crisp and the setting and characters carry the tale well.
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Once again the pilgrims are treated to a ghostly tale of love and greed. Chaucer would have been filled with joy at these tales. Mr. Doherty has a magical way of mixing mystery with history that keeps the reader guessing, while sitting on the edge of their seat. Another can't-out-down tale. he ties of love never die.
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I like this particular series and all the main characters who inter mingle through various stories while on their pilgrimage. Every book is a new mystery but somehow brings in the main characters. Theres even some history thrown in.
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I am trying to read all of these novels and this is one of the best of them. I couldn't believe it when Beatrice died. But I thought Mr Doherty did a wonderful job with the supernatural aspects- the scene of the Mass was very suspenseful. I also love learning about the pilgrims and the connections between them.
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Tale of mystery, murder and spirits set in the "Canterbury Tales" genre. A terrific story with a surprise ending. There's only violence in that people are killed but it's not graphic violence, just a method for highlighting the evil forces. Highly recommend this book
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There’s always a hint of the supernatural (in whatever shape) in these books, but it’s never been such an integral plot point until this entry. We not only get a regular “whodunit” murder in this story, but there’s also a good amount of “what happens after death” philosophy that put me somewhat in mind of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.
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By A Customer on February 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The travelers on their way to Canterbury stop at Maldon, Essex where rumors abound that ghosts and killers live. A debate breaks out whether there are spirits haunting the woods as some reject the concept of ghosts.

The Clerk of Oxford makes an anecdotal case in support of the paranormal. He tells the tale of his peer Ralph Mortimer the clerk of Ravenscroft who in 1381 was researching documents at Ravenscroft Castle in hopes of finding a clue that will lead him to Brythnoth's legendary treasured jeweled cross. So far he has been unsuccessful. Meanwhile he, his fiancée Beatrice Arrowner and some friends were on the greens by the castle celebrating May Day. However, Beatrice apparently fell from a parapet to her death. Shattered, the despondent Ralph believes she was murdered though his friends insist a tragic accident occurred. He vows to find Beatrice's killer, but he will soon learn there is more to life than death as his beloved is fighting evil demanding her soul while she waits for her beloved to uncover her killer.

Perhaps the lead author of the medieval mystery (besides the Canterbury Tales, there are also the tales starring the Royal Clerk Hugh Corbett and Brother Athelstan), P.C. Doherty provides another terrific entry in his homage to Chaucer. The story line provides a deep window into the late fourteenth century through the eyes of the travelers while the investigation looks into whether Beatrice died from an accident or a homicide is cleverly devised. Fans will enjoy the latest entry in this fine medieval mystery series with an apparent touch of the paranormal (see The Carpenter's Tale: THE HANGMAN'S HYMN).

Harriet Klausner
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