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The Book of Fires: a Novel of Medieval London Featuring Brother Athelstan (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery) Hardcover – 30 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (30 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290669
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The clues are in plain sight, but only the cleverest readers will identify the Ignifer before Athelstan does." Publishers Weekly Starred Review

About the Author

Paul Doherty studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities, and is now headmaster of a school in Essex. He is the author of more than eighty historical mysteries including the Hugh Corbett, Mathilde of Westminster and Canterbury Tales medieval mystery series.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunim on 6 Jan. 2015
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After Candleflame I had hoped for a better tale. I did manage to figure out the culprit quite early and was disappointed that the ending had been used in a Hugh Corbett novel. The pages of descriptive "padding" were not so lengthy which was a pleasant change and Sir John behaved more like the crown officer he is as opposed to the drunken glutton he is sometimes portrayed. (For a better tale of greek fire, CJ Sansom wrote a stunner called Dark Fire.) We are heading rapidly towards the revolt and I do wonder how our two heroes will fare. I will continue to follow the stories only to find out as I have read them from the start, but not with the enthusiasm I once had.
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By StarMan on 20 May 2015
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This the 14th volume of the Brother Athelstan series is another exciting episode of this same fascinating series.
As ever the storytelling is of the highest quality and the mystery itself is absolutely top-notch, and together they make this book again a real page-turner.
What the author has managed again so wonderfully is to bring to life these medieval times, as well as the whole atmosphere and feel of the times concerning the people who are scraping along and trying to make a living in London.
The book is set again in February in the year AD 1381, just like it's predecessor Candle Flame, and this tale is about "The Book of Fires".
The story itself is about a killer known as the Ignifer -Fire Bringer- who's rampaging through London bringing death in his wake.
His targets are all those who are responsible for the trial and subsequent death at the stake of Lady Isolde Beaumont, who was burned for the murder of her husband, Sir Walter Beaumont.
Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston are ordered by the Regent, John of Gaunt, to investigate this murder simply because Sir Walter Beaumont was a close friend of the Regent and not to forget that when Sir Walter died he was in the possession of a copy of this mysterious "Book of Fires" which has now disappeared, and what will follow is a most challenging and adventurous investigation before they discover the culprit.
Another great murder mystery, very suspenseful, and those ingredients together make this book "A Hot Read"!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Annie W on 28 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Since this series is likely to reach its climax with the Peasants' Revolt, I have a suspicion that Dr Doherty is trying to wring as many books as possible from the months leading up to it. This plot is much more intriguing than the last, with the frantic search for a missing book on Greek Fire (potentially disastrous for the Crown, should its secrets fall into the hands of the Upright Men), even as its recipes appear to be being used by someone to destroy those involved in the hideous death of Lady Isolda Beaumont. There's a skilful blending of that immediate investigation with the rapidly-growing threat from the Upright Men, and the increasing unease within the city.

There are fewer by-rote descriptions of the common people, rogues, offences and punishments than there have been in the last few books, but the quality of proof-reading and even editing still leave quite a lot to be desired. 'Refectorium/refectariam'; 'schiltrom' for 'schiltron'; 'sacring' for 'sacred'; and the wonderful image arising from 'milk-sellers, with pails slopping either end of their yolks' (yokes)! There are basic slips in grammar 'you and her are well suited'; 'I am the gardener, Bonaventure, me and Sir John'. Apostrophes are wrongly-placed, words are missing, some are repeated within the same sentence ('He drained the goblet completely and examined the goblet'; 'told me about me about the posset cup'). I had a slight doubt, too, as to whether either Brother Athelstan or the author would refer to 'formulas', and there are some strangely-contorted sentences 'Our linen draper left his house last night strangely deserted', and some which don't quite make sense: "'From what Sir John has said,' he indicated with his head,'he is in the buttery breaking his fast.
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By bookworm on 5 Jan. 2015
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A further excellent Brother Athelstan story. The little friar is definitely the central figure, Sir John is more on the side lines this time, more of an observer. Athelstan is more confident, more angry and determined.The story is well constructed with many twists that lead you up some apparently blind alleys: as ever, it is also historically well researched and informative. A riveting read until the end, I had decided who was probably heavily involved quite early one but it is only with the last couple of pages are all parts of the mystery revealed.
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