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Candle Flame: A novel of Mediaeval London featuring Brother Athelstan (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery Book 13) Kindle Edition
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As is usual there is malice afoot in the Southwark runnels and stews and several of the Kings tax collectors and information gatherers are dead. Money is involved and the 'Great Community of the Realm' in the form of the Upright Men are beginning to flex their muscle in the home counties. Athelstan and Cranston are tasked with sorting out this mess and making sense of what has happened. In the meantime Athelstan's parishioners are up to their usual furtive necks in the shennanigans and get caught in the middle of what's going on - enough spoilers now, you'll need to buy the book to find out what happens.
Doherty in all his guises and psuedonyms is one of my goto historical mystery writers and I remain aghast that the 'Sorrowful Mysteries' has never been picked up as a TV series. All of the books are wickedly plotted and rich in almost Dickensian detail of the life of 1370's and 80's London.Read more ›
I love these books; I’ve read every one avidly, and they just keep getting better. Brother Athelstan is a long-suffering peaceful man whose ability to sniff out murderers and malcontents makes him invaluable to his masters, but he’d really rather be left alone with his ragtag community. The fourteenth-century London scenes seem to roll off the page – sound, smell, sight and everyday horror that were so taken for granted then seem to leap out in front of the reader and shock and astound, as well as entertain. The character of John of Gaunt is truly frightening in these books; a man who will brook no opposition and has a way of making things happen, I have no doubt believing that he would really have been like that.
As always in these books, the mystery is such that the reader is kept in the dark till right at the end, when Brother Athelstan patiently puts us out of our misery. His ability to move through the darkest nights and murderous byways makes Brother Athelstan a treasure – and one that die-hard fans look forward to reading more about in books to come.Read more ›
As always Paul Doherty has managed to bring London in the late 14th Century vividly to life with it's own feel and atmosphere of these medieval times.
The storytelling is again of the highest quality and the mystery itself is really fantastic and exciting from start to finish, and so making this book a real page-turner.
The story itself is set in February in the year AD 1381 and the story really begins when the Regent, John of Gaunt, is demanding ever increasing taxes, so much so that people will spark into flame and total resentment.
This unrest will result in a bloody massacre at a Southwark tavern, The Candle-Flame, in which nine people are killed, including Gaunt's tax collectors and their military escorts.
And so Brother Athelstan is ordered by John of Gaunt to investigate these killings, because not only has Gaunt's treasure been stolen, the Regent also believes that there's a French spy active along the Thames, while at the same time there's a professional assassin, Beowulf, on the loose who has sworn vengeance against Gaunt and his minions.
This is another top-notch murder mystery which is packed with great storytelling and excitement, making this Candle Flame "A Bright Light Tale"!
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So pleased to own another book by this author Many thanksPublished 12 months ago by Mrs. M. F. Cameron