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House of the Red Slayer: A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery 2 [Kindle Edition]

Paul Doherty
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December, 1377. A great frost has London in its icy grip; even the Thames is frozen bank to bank. The Constable of the Tower of London, Sir Ralph Witton, is found murdered in a cold, bleak chamber in the North Bastion. The door is still locked from the inside and guarded by trusted retainers. So how did the assassins slip across a frozen moat to climb the sheer wall to commit such a dreadful crime? Appointed to investigate, Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston soon discover that Sir Ralph’s murder is only the first in a series of macabre killings which have their roots in a terrible act of betrayal committed many years previously.

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    In the second of The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, a city seethes with discontent, as an ancient grudge is about to be settled

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    In December 1377 a great frost has the city in its icy grip; even the Thames is frozen from bank to bank. Murder, revenge and treachery also make their presence felt, for an ancient grudge is about to be settled in a city seething with discontent. The Constable of the Tower of London, Sir Ralph Whitton, is found murdered in a cold bleak chamber in the North Bastion. The door is still locked from the inside and guarded by trusted retainers -- so how did the assassins slip across a frozen moat and climb the sheer wall to commit such a dreadful crime? Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, the wine-loving coroner of the city of London, are appointed to investigate these mysteries. They soon discover Sir Ralph's murder is only the first in a series of macabre killings which have their roots in a terrible act of betrayal committed many years previously.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 616 KB
    • Print Length: 292 pages
    • Publisher: Severn Select (21 Nov. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006CVNVAC
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Death In The Tower of London 23 Feb. 2012
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    It's 1377 and Sir Ralph Whitton, the Constable of the Tower of London, has locked himself away in an isolated, guarded room in fear of his life. As you may well guess, this isn't enough protection from the mysterious assassin who has apparently crossed the frozen moat and scaled the tower wall to slit his throat. While the threat seems to emanate from a crime in the past, it seems that someone inside the Tower must be involved as well. But the assassin's task is far from over as there is more than one person who carries a guilty secret.

    Sir John Cranston, Coroner of London, and Brother Athelstan, his scribe investigate the mysterious goings on. But they both have their own concerns - Athelstan's church of St Erconwald's is being plagued by grave-robbers and Cranston's wife is acting very strangely. Can all the mysteries be resolved before the body count escalates?

    This a fantastic book. It kept me completely engrossed from beginning to end, no matter which part of the plot was being focussed on. Doherty does an excellent job of developing the lead characters - in particular Cranston, who could easily come across as a drunken boor, but I found myself feeling sorry for him. Highly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Death and honour 9 Jun. 2012
    By Cas
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    This is a better book than the first, mainly because there is a lot less soul-searching on the part of Athelstan and also because the complicated politics of the end of the fourteenth century don't get in the way of the story. Once again Paul Doherty gives a history lesson, but this time the murders and the solving of the crimes are at the forefront.

    Athestan and Sir John are a well-matched pair and I hope there will be many more crimes for them to solve.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 20 April 2012
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    I love Paul Doherty books because of the accuracy of historical information used and the characters. This book was true to form and made a very interesting read! The usual mixture of murder, suspense, and intregue coupled with the historical facts and information about what Britain was like to live in then :-)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as always. 9 Jun. 2014
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    I discovered these books when they were first published and wanting to revisit them decided to buy a couple because I can't get them in my local library. They are excellent, and I now know the author has started writing these characters again after a very long gap and the new books do not disappoint either. Both Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston (and some of the other characters) and London itself are so well written that you can almost feel like you're there walking alongside them. The descriptions are first rate and the sounds and smells practically leap off the page at you. A delight to rediscover.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzle for Athelstan 30 Oct. 2006
    By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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    This is the second book in the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series. This novel combined with the early books in the Hugh Corbett series is one of Paul Doherty's earlier offerings and he has since written many more books and is now an established author of medieval novels and has also added a number of novels on Egypt to his ever growing list of titles. Having said that it is one of his earlier offerings does not mean that it is inferior to his current books, quite the opposite. The Hugh Corbett mysteries were and are extremely popular and Paul Doherty has found another winner with the Brother Athelstan series.

    In this novel Brother Athelstan is set a conundrum. What appears to be the perfect crime, the murder of Sir Ralph Whitton. Sir Ralph is the Constable of the Tower of London and he is found in one of its bleak and forbidden chambers. But the door was still locked from the inside and was guarded by trusted men.

    The crux of the matter is how did the murderer enter the chamber, commit the crime and then get out leaving the door locked from the inside and not disturbing the guards in the process? Why was the Constable so terrified and appalled by the message he received on days before his death?
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Review 22 May 2014
    By J Logan
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    I enjoyed this book, it takes you back to medieval times the sights and the sounds, the atmosphere is great
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 6 May 2014
    By SuziB TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    I'm really enjoying these books, i like the medieval setting, the characters are likeable & the plot is good, what more can I say?
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    5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with Paul Doherty 17 Mar. 2014
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    Whether it is Brother Athelstan or Hugh Corbett, the stories are carefully plotted and maintain the interest to the end. This is an author I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone wanting to tackle Medieval murder mysteries. He is a hard act to follow.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, settings and characters are ones you can ...
    Good story, settings and characters are ones you can really get into, so a good read. The Brother Athelstan series is one of Doherty's better series compared to others Of his I... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by eve
    5.0 out of 5 stars A really great read. Full of life and a real feel ...
    A really great read. Full of life and a real feel of Medieval England. Very well researched.. as are all of Doherty's books.
    Published 6 months ago by Chauffeur
    4.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read
    A really good read, feel that I am actually there as detail so realistic. Paul Doherty has a way of telling a story that keeps you enthralled from start to finish.
    Published 7 months ago by Diane Anslow
    5.0 out of 5 stars another corker from Doherty, the only problem is that ...
    another corker from Doherty, the only problem is that once you have read the first page you can't put the book down, I have had many sleepless nights by doing this.
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