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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747260753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747260752
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-East England) in 1946. After A-levels, he went to Ushaw College in Durham for three years to study for the Catholic priesthood. In 1967, he was admitted to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. While there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul worked in Ascot, Newark and Crawley, before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School, Woodford Green, Essex, in September 1981. Trinity is a large comprehensive (1700 on roll) which teaches the full ability range, ages 11-18. The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K. and has been awarded "Outstanding" in four consecutive OFSTED inspections. All seven of Paul and Carla's children have been educated at Trinity.

Paul's other incarnation is as a novelist. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and decided to start writing about the "undergrowth of history", beginning with THE DEATH OF A KING, published in 1985. Since then, Paul has written nearly 100 books and has published a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available in several formats, including large print, audio books, and more recently e-books.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written a number of non-fiction titles, among them: ISABELLA AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF EDWARD II, a scholarly study of The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303, THE SECRET LIFE OF ELIZABETH I, and a study of the mystery surrounding the death of Alexander the Great.
Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings. A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul loves to tell stories and "bring history to life."

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The Clerk of Oxford's unnerving tale of mystery and murder from Paul Doherty's exceptional Canterbury pilgrimage series

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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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It was very difficult to rate this. Of the books in this series this was not the strongest but it was enjoyable nonetheless partly as it was so good to hear more of how the pilgrims are linked but don't actually appear to know each other. I wonder if we are ever going to reach some kind of conclusion? A medieval Murder on the Orient Express perhaps? The culprits were so easy to spot and that made the tale quite thin but the masterly depictions of the medieval view of death and the afterlife are what earned it a fourth star. Well worth a read but much better I feel if you read the other books in the series first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR MELVYN KELLY on 18 Feb. 2013
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Very enjoyable addition to a great series of books by Paul Doherty,recommended,would advise starting with book 1to get the best out of the series.
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By Sticky Toffeee on 7 Feb. 2014
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I am quite enjoying the Canterbury Tales Mysteries - it's interesting to find out the real identities of the travellers.
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By debbie evans on 3 Mar. 2015
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brilliant
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Another good yarn 27 May 2003
By Valerie Fletcher Adolph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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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fine medieval mystery 21 Feb. 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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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A very good addition to the Canterbury tales books 25 Feb. 2014
By KAS1607 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Philosophical Murder Mystery 19 Jun. 2014
By bookfanatic1979 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
Lover survives death and greed never wis 21 Nov. 2013
By Readaholic - Published on Amazon.com
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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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