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The Assassin's Riddle (The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan) [Paperback]

Dr Paul Doherty , Paul Harding
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13 Feb 1997 The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan (Book 7)
It's the summer of 1380 and the corpse of Edwin Chapler, clerk of the Office of the Green Wax of the Chancery, has been pulled from the Thames: Chapler has drowned, but not before he received a vicious blow to the back of the head. Then Bartholomew Drayton, a usurer and money-lender, is found dead in his strongroom, a crossbow firmly embedded in his chest: a real mystery because the windowless strongroom was locked and barred from the inside. So who killed him? And how? And are the two deaths connected? Sir John Cranston, the Coroner of the City of London, comes to survey the scene. When other clerks are murdered, each with a riddle pinned to his corpse, Cranston enlists the help of his secretarius, Brother Athelstan – and together they must pit their wits against a deadly adversary bent on murder and mayhem.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (13 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747254389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747254386
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thrillingly entertaining Sorrowful Mystery featuring Brother Athelstan

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Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Harding's Puzzle Is Well Played! 30 April 1999
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It's no riddle as to whether the seventh--and possibly final--episode of Paul Harding's "The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan" is an exciting read or not. It is! In "The Assassin's Riddle," Harding continues the escapades, adventures, and good deeds of Brother Athelstan, the Dominican friar of St. Erconwald's parish in Southwark in fourteenth century London. Harding forwards his usual cast of characters in this medieval mystery and, once again, we find them abroil in yet another set of mysteries. Someone is killing off the clerks at the Chancery of the Green Wax; someone has stolen a fortune in silver from the Crown, committing murder at the same time; there has appeared a holy mystery at the church: a crucifix that bleeds; and the Bishop is thinking of transferring Athelstan to Oxford. And who is better suited to solve these mysteries than Brother Athelstan, parish priest and secretarius to Sir John Cranston, the King's Coroner for the City of London! Naturally, pressure is applied from the Crown, in the form of the Regent, John of Gaunt, to have the killings stopped and (most important to John) to get the silver back. These murders are always accompanied by a riddle, the solution of which, as the good friar knows, will reveal the murderer. Athelstan knows there is a connection between the killings and the theft. And problems appear to come in threes, as his own parishioners, Pike the ditcher, Watkin the dung collector, and Huddle the painter, have found a crucifix that bleeds, indeed a miracle, and they put forth efforts to cash in on its possibilities. Athelstan, knowing his congregation, doubts its authenticity. Read more ›
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With the death of Edward Chapler and others, only Brother Athelstan, with his sharp wit and brain, could come to the ultimate conclusion. Sir John Cranston is no slouch either, and in his own indomitable way, is the bow to Athelstan arrow. The perpetrator of the crimes will be a surprise. These books may be written to a formula however, I have read nine of them and enjoyed all immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harding's Puzzle Is Well Played! 21 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
It's no riddle as to whether the seventh--and possibly final--episode of Paul Harding's "The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan" is an exciting read or not. It is! In "The Assassin's Riddle," Harding continues the escapades, adventures, and good deeds of Brother Athelstan, the Dominican friar of St. Erconwald's parish in Southwark in fourteenth century London. Harding forwards his usual cast of characters in this medieval mystery and, once again, we find them abroil in yet another set of mysteries. Someone is killing off the clerks at the Chancery of the Green Wax; someone has stolen a fortune in silver from the Crown, committing murder at the same time; there has appeared a holy mystery at the church: a crucifix that bleeds; and the Bishop is thinking of transferring Athelstan to Oxford. And who is better suited to solve these mysteries than Brother Athelstan, parish priest and secretarius to Sir John Cranston, the King's Coroner for the City of London! Naturally, pressure is applied from the Crown, in the form of the Regent, John of Gaunt, to have the killings stopped and (most important to John) to get the silver back. These murders are always accompanied by a riddle, the solution of which, as the good friar knows, will reveal the murderer...The relationship between Athelstan, who loves riddles and other cerebral conundrums, is the alter ego of Sir John, whom Harding describes as a man who loves "his wife, his twin sons, his dogs, and especially this gentle friar with the sharp brain and dry sense of humor." As Cranston tells his wife, "I can number my friends on one hand and still have enough fingers left to make a rude gesture at the Regent. Athelstan's my friend." And it is this relationship that is one of the major attributes of Harding's series. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but a bit repititive. 25 May 2014
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Doherty's stories are full of atmosphere and provide a vivid picture of London in the 12th century. But he is so prolific as a writer that he falls into a repetitive pattern with the behavior of his character's becoming so predictable that the result is a bit of boredom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 14 May 2014
By J Logan
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Love Paul Doherty,s books I look forward to more of these and all the other books that he writes, Bring them on
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 6 May 2014
By SuziB TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A really good read, if like me you love all things medieval & murder mysteries. Well written, historically accurate & keeps you guessing 'til the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another good read 23 April 2014
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Once again this is a good read. Dont let the author's mistakes put you off the series. I wish I could contact him to discuss this
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