The House of Shadows

The House of Shadows In the late autumn of Brother Athelstan is busy enough He and his parish council are preparing for the annual Christmas mystery play when a series of brutal murders occur at a Southwark tavern T
  • Title: The House of Shadows
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780755307777
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • The House of Shadows
    In the late autumn of 1380, Brother Athelstan is busy enough He and his parish council are preparing for the annual Christmas mystery play when a series of brutal murders occur at a Southwark tavern Two young whores are found slain but their deaths are only the beginning of a series of gruesome killings which occur around the parish of St Erconwald s A whole host of mysIn the late autumn of 1380, Brother Athelstan is busy enough He and his parish council are preparing for the annual Christmas mystery play when a series of brutal murders occur at a Southwark tavern Two young whores are found slain but their deaths are only the beginning of a series of gruesome killings which occur around the parish of St Erconwald s A whole host of mysterious characters assemble to this pageant of murder the Misericord, master thief and cunning man the Judas man, a bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws and wolfheads and finally the Knights of the Golden Falcon who assemble to celebrate their annual reunion Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranstone have to resolve not only these grisly deaths but also their source the Great Robbery of the Lombard treasure which occurred in Southwark some twenty years earlier
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    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body

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  • This is a one of several Brother Athelstan books Each one is a complex mystery, but each one also has a background story that of the Great Revolt that will occur in 1381 in which the commoners of England will set London aflame as well as kill many they feel are the root of their problems.When I first read this series, I read them as they became available and so with the large gaps in between publishing dates, I failed to take a true notice of this background story Now reading these books back to [...]



  • These intriguing little books are becoming addictive I am growing fond of Brother Athelstan, Sir John Cranston and the motley collection of humanity who form the congregation of St Erconwold s.The novels are pacey, suitably blood sodden for the genre and eminently readable I ve gone through three of them during this half term break and am already heading for the good folk of to secure volume 11 Okay, they may not overly challenge the crime solving instinct of the seasoned sofa detective Sherlock [...]


  • One of my favorite historical mystery series, the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan are better with every outing This time Athelstan and Lord Coroner Jack Cranston must investigate several gruesome murders at a Southwark tavern As they dig deeper they realize this crime is connected to a twenty year old mystery, the Great Robbery of the Lombard treasure The mysteries are always satisfyingly complex, but what draws me back to this outstanding series are the wonderful recurring characters a [...]


  • While we may suspect or even know who done it, with Brother Athelstan and Cranston it comes down to how it was done and can it be proved I really love this series I love the realistic history I love how the cast of characters has grown organically over the years, so that we ve naturally become attached to those in Athelstan s wider circle A footnote in history has become almost heartbreaking to think about what will happen during the rebellion If you re new to the series, start with book 1 You l [...]


  • I loved this series and had been waiting for the right time to read the last one I was a bit disappointed It could have been edited down a bit there s a bit too much summarizing, a bit too much description and I usually love Doherty s descriptions I thought the solution to the mystery was pretty obvious I do love Athelstan Cranston, though, and Doherty really makes late 14th century London come to life I hope there will be entries in this series sometime Will Athelstan remain at St Erconwald s [...]


  • Love this series of books The friendship between Cranston and Brother Athelstan developed so well The tapestry of life in London and Southwark during the late 1300 s and the depiction of John of Gaunt.


  • Moment where it was a bit slow, but overall a jolly good read with lots of interesting characters Didn t get confused with who s who, which makes a change.


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