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Paul Doherty
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6 Dec 2004 Hugh Corbett Mysteries 14
The monk and scholar Roger Bacon claimed to have seen many marvels of nature and science and concealed these in a book written in an unbreakable code. Sir Hugh Corbett has been instructed to organise agents in Paris to steal this Book of Secrets. They do so but pay a violent price and the French King Philip IV now wishes a meeting between the scholars of England and France to discuss breaking the code. Edward I has no choice but to allow the meeting to take place at Corfe Castle, which becomes a place of murder and mayhem. Young women from the castle are being slain whilst horrific things are witnessed in the nearby forest. The situation becomes more serious when two of the French scholars die in sinister circumstances. Corbett and Ranulf-atte-Newgate have to thread this maze of malevolent murder whilst trying to decipher the great secrets of one of England's most outstanding scholars.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307753
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,755 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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Set in a snow-beseiged castle where secret knowledge is the prize and human life the price to be paid, THE MAGICIAN'S DEATH is the fourteenth in the stunning Hugh Corbett series

About the Author

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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the magicians death by paul doherty 19 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
this is one of the best books so far, i love the way that sir hugh corbett and ranulf are a perfect partnership. sir hugh being polite and observing protocol and ranulf not caring so long as sir hugh is not in danger. this is an excellent read and a must have for any hugh corbett fan. exciting and un-put-downable. will have you wishing you didn't have to go to work. what more can i say other than, when is the next book coming out?
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4.0 out of 5 stars a Doherty novel is always a cause for jubilation 12 Aug 2004
By Amelrode TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
and the "The Magician's Death" again proves that.
As usual with Doherty' s novel it is written with a great flow, action and description intersect and create a vivid picture of the time and the acting people. Very quickly one get absorbed in the story and just wants to know what is going to happen next. I loath those novel where one has to read at least 100 pages just to get into the story. Paul Doherty spares one this kind of reading experience.

I believe I have read in the meantime all or at least almost all Doherty' s novels featuring Sir Hugh Corbett and his man-servant Ranulf-atte-Newgate. I find it interesting to see how the relationship between these chaps develop over time. For sometime I feel that the relationship is changing and Ranuf becomes more and more prominient. In the "The Magician's Death" this is development is more pronouced than before. I like that because characters develop overtime in real life too. So I wonder when Sir Hugh will retire and become just the guiding spirit for the newly created Sir Ranuf who will to the actual work.... we see what Paul Doherty will have in store for Sir Hugh and Ranuf.
All in all, a great and entertaining story! To be recommended
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doherty does it again 23 July 2004
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Paul Doherty used to write his novels under so many different names it could become really confusing. Thankfully all that is in the past (pun intended). Here is another book featuring the medieval detective Sir Hugh Corbett, I have lost count of the number of novels he has appeared in, but I can tell you that the standard of those novels never drops. Modern day America and Britain might be easy to write about and easy to relate to, but give yourself a treat travel back in time and enjoy a history lesson and damn good thriller rolled into one. Check out Doherty's other great sleuth Brother Athelstan as well. Doherty has written so many novels that you could probably spend the rest of your live reading them, but, what the hell, I could think of a lot worse thing to do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The musician's death 16 Mar 2014
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This is an excellent medieval mystery. Plot and counter plot abound. You feel the biting coldness of the winter the hardship of the oppressed and the cunning plotting of the powerful. A master piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 13 Aug 2013
By Marlene
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Couldn't set the book down. It's a bit slow to begin with but once Corbett and Ranulf appear the fun begins.
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