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Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries Book 1)

Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Doherty
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Will Hugh Corbett be able to discover the truth before London is overrun by the sinister Pentangle in the stunning first novel of the Corbett series?

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1284 and Edward I is battling a traitorous movement founded by the late Simon de Montfort, the rebel who lost his life at the Battle of Evesham in 1258. The Pentangle, the movement's underground society whose members are known to practice the black arts, is thought to be behind the apparent suicide of Lawrence Duket, one of the King's loyal subjects, in revenge for Duket's murder of one of their supporters. The King, deeply suspicious of the affair, orders his wily Chancellor, Burnell, to look into the matter. Burnell chooses a sharp and clever clerk from the Court of King's Bench, Hugh Corbett, to conduct the investigation. Corbett - together with his manservant, Ranulf, late of Newgate - is swiftly drawn into the tangled politics and dark and dangerous underworld of medieval London. Will Corbett be able to find the truth before London is overrun by the Pentangle? The first thrilling book in the acclaimed Hugh Corbett series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (30 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing debut for Hugh Corbett 26 May 2000
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Hugh Corbett has become P.C Doherty's most durable central character (closely followed by Athelstan), and it's easy to see why from this opening adventure for the clerk-cum-sleuth. Doherty has a gift for bringing distant ages alive and for populating his books with endearing, believable characters and this quality is displayed here as Corbett and his assistant Ranulf are introduced to the world. Corbett is invited, by the powers that be, to solve the seemingly mundane murder of a Lawrence Duket in the London church of St.Mary Le Bow but he soon discovers dark undercurrents which could threaten the King himself... Corbett is a sympathetic character with a tragic past and the reader soon has a degree of empathy with him. Ranulf is the familiar Doherty rogue ( Jankyn, Shallot etc) but the two work well together. The plot itself is typical Doherty too...dark and mysterious deeds in the backstreets of medieval London, but all these stories manage to retain an individuality that keeps the reader coming back for more ! Highly recommended !
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3.0 out of 5 stars The history was better than the story 8 Jan 2009
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: A savage, cold wind had sprung up just after dark.

Simon de Montfort, considered traitor to the king, is dead but his supporters, many of whom are thought to be practitioners of the black arts, still exist and are thought to be associated with the Church of St. Mary le Bow. Lawrence Duket committed murder and took sanctuary in St. Mary's only to be found hanged as an apparent suicide.

Clerk of King's Court Hugh Corbett has been summoned by Edward I's Chancellor Robert Burnell to investigate the death.

That this book is based on an actual event was particularly appealing to me. Doherty makes this period come to life. As we travel around London with Hugh, it felt as natural as were he taking taxi's in present day.

The story, however, I found weak. The basic plot was good and interesting, but the execution was awkward. The protagonist would uncover information but not share it with the reader, which was annoying rather than enticing. The villain was evident very early in the story so I had little sympathy with Hugh figured it out.

As to the characters, we were given just enough information to understand who they are but I still didn't feel I knew them. Ranulf, Hugh's sidekick, is appealing and adds lightness to the story where Hugh was rather unsympathetic.

I liked the book well enough that I will read more, but mainly because of the history.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, bad plot, ugly execution 12 July 2006
I have to say that I was keen to read a medieval mystery and was encouraged by the long series of Paul Doherty's books - so I decided to give the first in the Hugh Corbett character range a try.

I have to say that this is Paul's first book in this series and there may have been teething problems - but unfortunately too many for me to return back to them.

The premise of the story is good - an apparent suicide to be investigated, the church, devil worship, a secret sect, conspiracy and treason against the King. The problems begin as the actual plot of the story pans out. It is very very disjointed. We have a LOT of emphasis on the historically accurate backdrops (places, streets, clothes, food) and a very rushed story with the characters - using many random cliché's such as relaying to the reader that the main character has discovered something integral to the plot but not actually revealing what this is for another few pages...why? It only serves to annoy not to encourage reading - especially in such contrived scenes that basically did not leave any room for guess work - I had the main villain (easily, folks) figured out by chapter 4 and the author does not reveal this revelation until the end (of course) in an embarrassing build up.

I also felt the actual execution of the novel was extremely poor. On one page alone the character had moved to around 3 different places in London and the author tried to cram in a series of events that occurred in each. It was like watching a film on fast forward.

The characters had potential but again their development was rushed, and where you were given a background to induce some kind of empathy this was lost really as the book delved into another "well researched" historical tangent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Corbett - The First 4 Aug 2013
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This is the first of the Hugh Corbett ones that I have read, having been through the entire collection of Brother Athelston, again by Paul Doherty. It took me a while to get into it, perhaps as I was used to other characters but once in, as always the scenes are richly described and become vivid on ones mind. As with other the Brother Athelston series characters keep developing and do relationships and so there is great continuity. A good story and worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More like a short story than a novel 4 Jan 2011
Firstly, the book is less than 200 pages long, so could hardly say that this was a novel it's more a short story. Due to the length of the book, the author has attempted to squeeze in a potentially good plot with many twists and turns into a short space. I could not feel any warmth for any of the characters including the main character Hugh Corbett. There was just not enough depth to the story. All rather rushed but some good historical insight nonetheless. If you want a book that you could read in one afternoon or on a flight then this is fine, but not a novel to get yout teeth into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoy all of Paul Doherty's books and the service provided by Amazon is first class.
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy
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Published 4 months ago by Rhiannon Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, I had difficulty in putting the book down!
I enjoyed this book as it was so different in style to the other series by this author.
It needs an alert mind and memory to keep each character's role in mind, but that is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MISS E R LEWIS
4.0 out of 5 stars Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries 01)
I enjoyed the book. It had a fast, exciting pace and an interesting set of characters in a fascinating, if extremely violent, historical setting..
Published 9 months ago by Gretchen Iosson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read
Good fun to read and interesting in the details. Nothing too demanding. I enjoy a lot of these "historical fiction" and like to vary the authors I read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sticky Toffeee
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start to a good series
I'd read and enjoyed several of the Hugh Corbett series. I'd wanted to read this first one for some time but only just found it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Trevor Whincup
5.0 out of 5 stars Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries 01)
Great story. A fine introduction to Hugh Corbett. Docherty on top of his game as usual. Will be reading more Hugh Corbett Mysteries.
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Gerald T. A. Godfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
This was a fairly decent historical crime novel. I felt the author managed to bring the period to life, however the plot felt a bit too contrived and obvious.
Published 23 months ago by ad
4.0 out of 5 stars Satan in St Mary's
Another good mystery from Paul Doherty.He can always be relied on to bring history to life A very good read.
Published 23 months ago by Gracef
5.0 out of 5 stars What's love got to do with it
The beginning of a great series from Paul Doherty situated in medieval England looking forward to many insights into medieval religion,politics and social history and the many... Read more
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