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The House of Crows (The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan) [Paperback]

Paul Doherty
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21 Mar 1996 The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan
In the spring of 1380, the King's own parliament in session at Westminster is debating whether to grant money supplies to the Regent John of Gaunt for his war against the French, and the members of parliament are proving specially stubborn. John of Gaunt orders Cranston to investigate the murders of some of the representatives from Shrewsbury; the assassin is to be caught before parliament levels the finger of suspicion at the Regent and the desired taxes are not granted. Both Sir John and the Dominican priest Brother Athelstan have their own particular problems: the coroner is puzzled by the thief who is stealing cats from the streets and alleyways of Cheapside. Athelstan, on the other hand, is concerned, not only by the disappearance of one of his parishioners but the strident claims of the rest who insist that a devil is prowling the parish of St Erconwald's. Against the colourful pageantry of medieval court life and the dark, foul slums of London Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan pit their wits against a bloody murderer and the assassin in the House of Crows.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (21 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747249180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747249184
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sixth in the acclaimed series The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan

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Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough and studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities. He is headmaster of a north-east London school and lives with his family in Essex.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Times are Getting Difficult for John of Gaunt 6 Nov 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the sixth 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.

The year is 1380, John of Gaunt, Regent of all England and becoming more and more unpopular by the day, sends the coroner of London, Sir John Cranston and his friend and associate Brother Athelstan to investigate the murders of the Shrewsbury representatives. The assassin must be found before the parliament suspects him of ordering or doing the deed himself. Unfortunately brother Athelstan and Sir John both have problems of their own to contend with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Times are Getting Difficult for John of Gaunt 6 Nov 2006
By J. Chippindale - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the sixth 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.

The year is 1380, John of Gaunt, Regent of all England and becoming more and more unpopular by the day, sends the coroner of London, Sir John Cranston and his friend and associate Brother Athelstan to investigate the murders of the Shrewsbury representatives. The assassin must be found before the parliament suspects him of ordering or doing the deed himself. Unfortunately brother Athelstan and Sir John both have problems of their own to contend with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Doherty---Great as usual 4 Aug 2011
By Joe McMahon - Published on Amazon.com
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The fifth in the series: The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan. As are alll of Doherty's books, this well written and very realistic in its background setting. While the two main characters are fictional, John of Gaunt and Richard II are historical people. Medieval history is one of my favorite subjects, and I am happy that his books and coming back on the market after a period of scarcity. I Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series is getting better and better! 18 Jan 2014
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I've enjoyed all of the books in the Brother Athelstan series, and read several of Harding's (aka P.C. Doherty and other names) other mystery series, generally finding them extremely well-researched and well-written if at times a bit dry and humorless. "House of Crows" was a delight, however, with a new camaraderie and shared humor between Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, the King's Coroner in London - a veritable medieval bromance! Not only did their relationship and interactions seem more natural and humorous, I felt that we were finally getting beneath the drunken, belching blowhard caricature that has been Sir John in the previous books and seeing the honorable, tough, honest, seasoned warrior underneath.

I really enjoyed this outing, with our heroes ordered by the devious Regent John of Gaunt to solve several murders of members of parliament; Athelstan's parishioners are also convinced there is a demon loose at St. Erconwald's and Sir John is trying to discover why cats are disappearing from Cheapside. Plenty to engage readers while allowing us to visit with Benedicta, Pike, Watkin and the rest of Athelstan's entertaining parishioners, and a brief glimpse of the Lady Maude, Sir John's adored (and feared!) young wife and the poppets, his beloved twin baby boys. This series is getting better and better, and I can't wait to dive into the next book! Highly recommended.
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