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The Book of Fires: a Novel of Medieval London Featuring Brother Athelstan (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery) [Hardcover]

Paul Doherty
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (30 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290669
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes. Can we have the next please... 12 Sep 2014
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Wickedly plotted mystery with Sir John and Athelstan besieged from all sides as the 'Peasants Revolt' creeps ever closer to its murderous conclusion. I'm so pleased that Doherty has recommenced the 'Sorrowful Mysteries' series as of all the medieval sleuthing combinations this is without doubt my favourite pairing. The humour, the pace, the history all interwoven into an entertaining plot that has you walking through the 14th century streets of London, seeing the sights, smelling the smells, hearing the noises and just being a part of the action, the writing (for me anyway) is so evocative, as you follow the pair around. Gaunt was only mentioned briefly in this outing but I'm sure that if Doherty (please please continue the series) carries on, both him and Richard will be front and centre. Well worth the money and if you haven't read the others, go buy them, take a couple of weeks off, kick off your shoes and uncork your own miraculous wine skin and be transported back to be royally entertained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Same High Standard from the Author 22 Sep 2014
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the latest of a number of Sorrowful Mysteries books featuring Brother Athelstan and the Coroner, Sir John Cranston, and his never empty wineskin. The Devil's Domain (Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan) (Book 1, 1998). The author is very prolific and has now written over a hundred novels, some under various pseudonyms. No mean achievement, and more importantly his prolific writing does not seem to affect the quality of his work in any way. He has for a number of years been an established author of medieval novels and has also added a number of novels on Egypt to his ever growing list of titles. The Hugh Corbett mysteries were and are extremely popular and Paul Doherty has found another winner with this series, featuring Brother Athelstan as the main character, ably assisted by Sir John Cranston.

The plot takes place at the time of the Peasant Revolt, Wat Tyler and all that. A period of English history that had been festering for years and finally came to a bloody culmination with the deaths of many of the country's leading citizens and the destruction of their goods and property.

The plot of this book revolves around the fact that it has come to the attention of John of Gaunt, Regent to the young King Richard, that a book containing the secret formula of a devastating weapon, Greek Fire, has disappeared and John of Gaunt tells Sir John to involve Brother Athelstan in the task of recovering it before it falls into the wrong hands. In particular the Upright Men, who are involved in fomenting the rebellion, who could use it with catastrophic effect.

The author tackles this storyline with his usual aplomb, and his many followers will enjoy this one just as much as those that have gone before. Reader's new to Paul Doherty (are there any?) will soon become hooked and start looking for earlier books in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light entertainment 13 Oct 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is the latest in the long-running Brother Athelstan series set in medieval London in the run-up to the Peasants' Revolt. Ably assisted by the London coroner, Sir John Cranston, Athelstan is on a quest for a forbidden book.

Doherty is an extremely prolific writer and sometimes there is an air of churn and predictability about his stories. All the same, if you enjoy medieval mysteries such as Cadfael and the slightly later Shardlake then this may be a good choice.
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