Nightshade (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 16)
A thrilling medieval mystery of murder and stolen treasure
By Paul Doherty
Paul Doherty's Nightshade is a medieval mystery full of suspense, intrigue and murder.
Can Hugh Corbett restore peace before further blood is shed?
In Nightshade, the fascinating sixteenth novel in the Hugh Corbett series, Corbett must travel to Essex in search of stolen treasure. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Robin Hobb.
January 1304 and Hugh Corbett, devoted emissary of King Edward I, has been charged with yet another dangerous mission. Scrope, an unscrupulous manor lord, has reneged on his promise to hand over a priceless ornate cross he stole from the Templars during the Crusades. Furthermore, he has massacred as heretics fourteen members of a religious order, whose corpses now hang in the woods near Mistleham in Essex. The King, determined to restore order sends Corbett to Mistleham in his stead. But as Corbett reaches the troubled village, it becomes obvious that the situation has worsened. A mysterious bowman has appeared, killing townspeople at random. Is one of the Brethren responsible, or have the Templars arrived to wreak revenge? Can Corbett restore Mistleham to peace, and return the treasure to the King, before further blood is shed?
What readers are saying about Nightshade:
'A gripping mystery, another page turner of the first order'
'Not only is the medieval age recreated, but a gripping story is told. Doherty is just superb here'
'An entirely entertaining and engrossing story'
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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30 Oct 2012
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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
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
Paul Doherty has come up trumps again with this medieval mystery — Newcastle Evening Chronicle
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
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