It is 1312 and, with Westminster in turmoil and the Kingdom edging towards civil war, Sir Hugh Corbett is drawn into a web of murder. Paul Doherty's twenty-second enthralling medieval mystery is sure to appeal to fans of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell.
Paul Doherty's twenty-second medieval mystery featuring Sir Hugh Corbett is a gripping and gruesome tale of murder and mayhem sure to appeal to fans of C. J. Sansom and Bernard Cornwell.
1312. Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, has returned from the West Country to find Westminster in chaos. Edward II has fled in an attempt to protect his favourite from the wrath of his noblemen; and a royal clerk has been found dead, poisoned in a locked chamber.
Drawn into a maze of murder both at Westminster and at the Convent of Saint Sulpice, where young novices have started to disappear, Corbett quickly establishes a connection between the two mysteries. As other killings follow, Corbett's investigation leads him to a high-class brothel and its sinister owner, Mother Midnight. Challenged to a duel and hunted by a guild of ruthless assassins, Corbett and his loyal henchmen, Ranulf and Chanson, face a sea of troubles. And Corbett must call upon his wit and ingenuity to halt the tide of disaster that threatens to engulf him...
What readers say about Paul Doherty:
'Good plots, clever twists and mostly impossible to work out'
'Paul Doherty's depictions of medieval England are truly outstanding'
'Another brilliant story in the excellent Hugh Corbett series by a superb historical author'
His fascination for history comes off the page - Daily Express
Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric - Historical Novels Review
Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history . . . evocative and lyrical descriptions - New Statesmen
An opulent banquet to satisfy the most murderous appetite - Northern Echo
Supremely evocative, scrupulously researched - Publishers Weekly