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Death's Dark Valley (Hugh Corbett 20)

By Paul Doherty

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1311. Murder and mayhem prowl the highways and coffin paths of Medieval England... The dramatic and gripping twentieth novel in the much-loved Hugh Corbett series by Paul Doherty. A dark, medieval mystery perfect for readers of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell.

1311. Murder and mayhem prowl the highways and coffin paths of Medieval England...

Hugh Corbett returns in the twentieth gripping mystery in Paul Doherty's ever-popular series.

If you love the historical mysteries of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell you will love this.


Praise for Paul Doherty's dark and suspenseful novels:

'His fascination for history comes off the page' Daily Express

'An opulent banquet to satisfy the most murderous appetite' Northern Echo

'Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric' Historical Novels Review

'Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history . . . evocative and lyrical descriptions' New Statesmen

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's gripping mysteries:
His fascination for history comes off the page — Daily Express
Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric — Historical Novels Review
Supremely evocative, scrupulously researched — Publishers Weekly
An opulent banquet to satisfy the most murderous appetite — Northern Echo
Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history...evocative and lyrical descriptions — New Statesman
Teems with colour, energy and spills — Time Out
The Hugh Corbett series . . . continues its magnificent vein of form. Massively recommended — Classic Mystery blog
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