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    • ISBN:9780747260745
    • Publication date:07 Oct 1999

The Demon Archer (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 11)

A twisting medieval murder mystery

By Paul Doherty

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In Paul Doherty's The Demon Archer, Hugh Corbett is presenting with one of his most baffling cases, as the murder of a Lord throws up endless possibilities, and an encounter with an old enemy.

A solution not even Hugh Corbett could have foreseen...

Hugh Corbett is faced with a case with endless possibilities in Paul Doherty's gripping medieval mystery, The Demon Archer. Perfect for Michael Jecks and Ellis Peters.

'The maestro of medieval mystery... As with all Doherty's historical whodunits, it is packed with salty dialogue, the smells and superstitions of the 14th century, not to mention the political intrigues' - Books Magazine

The death of Lord Henry Fitzalan on the feast of St Matthew, 1303, is a matter widely reported but little mourned. Infamous for his lecherous tendencies, his midnight trysts with a coven of witches and his boundless self-interest, he was a man of few friends. So when Hugh Corbett is asked to bring his murderer to justice it is not a matter of finding a suspect but of choosing between them. Immediate suspicion falls on Lord Henry's chief verderer, Robert Verlian. His daughter had been the focus of the Lord's roving eye in the weeks before his death and he was not a man to take no for an answer. But the culprit could just as easily be Sir William, the dead man's younger brother. It is no secret that Sir William covets the Fitzalan estate, but would he kill to inherit it? For Sir Hugh Corbett the possibilities are endless, but even he could never have imagined the real truth behind the murder...

What readers are saying about The Demon Archer:
'Once again a very good book from Paul Doherty, he never fails in his story telling'
'A satisfying twist in the tale gives us an unexpected outcome'
'[Paul Doherty's] best crafted work'

Biographical Notes

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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Praise for Paul Doherty: The maestro of medieval mystery... As with all Doherty's historical whodunnits, it is packed with salty dialogue, the smells and superstitions of the 14th century, not to mention the political intrigues — Books Magazine
For those who are keen enthusiasts of medieval murder stories the name Paul Doherty will need no introduction... He writes with enthusiasm about an era he knows well — SHOTS Magazine
Paul Doherty has come up trumps again with this medieval mystery — Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Doherty's deep understanding of the period and the nitty-gritty of historical detail are to the fore without intruding on the rhythm of the plot. Superb entertainment — Historical Novels Review
A masterpiece of murder and mystery — Northern Echo
The best of its kind since the death of Ellis Peters — Time Out
Medieval London comes vividly to life — Publishers Weekly
Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history... evocative and lyrical descriptions — New Statesman
Vitality in the cityscape... angst in the mystery; it's Peters minus the herbs but plus a few crates of sack — Oxford Times
As always the author invokes the medieval period in all its muck as well as glory, filling the pages with pungent smells and description. The author brings years of research to his writing; his mastery of the period as well as a disciplined writing schedule have led to a rapidly increasing body of work and a growing reputation — Mystery News
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