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The House of Shadows (Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Aug 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 2nd Impression edition (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307777
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The tenth gripping novel in the phenomenal series The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan

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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Format: Hardcover
It’s quite good news to find yet another episode of the “sorrowful mysteries of Brother Athelstan”--he’s been gone far too long for my taste! Now, Paul Doherty, prolific as he is, has returned to this series, my favorite of all of them.
In “The House of Shadows,” we find the good brother all involved with his parish and their annual mystery play for Christmas.
In past episodes we’ve shared not only his sorrows but his triumphs and joys, and most importantly his sleuthing skills. He loves a murder--to solve. And, once again,
he has not only one murder, but a series of them. What’s a simple friar to do? Well, for starters, to solve them. And with his usual finesse and brilliance, he does.
Refreshing, too, is Doherty’s depiction of Athelstan’s Southwark, where, in addition to being the parish priest, he is secretarius, friend, and super sleuth to the Crown’s
coroner Sir John Cranston. We are treated, too, to his beloved St. Erconwald’s parish, with his cat Bonaventure, his horse Philomel, and the wide assortment of parishioners, all more than human! But this is also what endears his legions of fans
to him. England simply wouldn’t be the same without the Good Brother!
Doherty has provided us another good read; let’s hope he now has picked up this series for more episodes!
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Format: Hardcover
Finally, ANOTHER Brother Athelstan mystery from one of my favorite historical mystery writers!
Paul Doherty has picked up the series once again and once again
this lovable friar finds himself at the crossroads of saving his
beloved parish members of St. Erconwald!
It's Christmas and he and his members are preparing their mystery play. Alas, the play's the thing, whereby he captures the conscience of the murderer! It's a series of nasty murders but who better to sort them out!
Doherty fans will warmly welcome this return. It's a nice Christmas present!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are a number of authors creating sleuths who solve crimes in Mediaeval England and Paul Doherty is one of the best. Brother Athelston is a Dominican Friar and priest of St Erconwald's church in Southwark. He is also secretary to The London Coroner, Sir John Cranston. The book starts with a prologue in which a young courtesan is murdered then skips to twenty years later when the woman's twin daughter's are similarly dispatched. There are several other deaths and a complicated mystery for Athelson and Cranston to unravel. The action is set in the reign of Richard II, when his uncle and regent, John of Gaunt is the most powerful man in the country.
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gripping and challenging- I defy you to put it down! Happy reading! I really can't get enough of this writer- but I think you will also become locked into what happens next........!
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