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Nightshade [Paperback]

Paul Doherty

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Dec 11 2008 Hugh Corbett Medieval Mysteries
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?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (Dec 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755338413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755338412
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #906,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar! Oct. 12 2008
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have come to expect nothing but the best historical information from Paul Doherty and his Hugh Corbett mystery series. Mr. Doherty is an English historian, and he knows his field. His Hugh Corbett series is an absolute winner. Lots of true historical facts and heart-stopping action and a first-class mystery to boot. This book (the 16 in the series) is no different. This time Hugh and his two retainers are sent to Essex to try to find what has happened to his King's treasure. They find a community that is in terror because of an unknown long bowman who is terrorizing the community, and they find a Lord who is truly evil, and who appears to be hiding some grievous secrets. There is lots of murder and mayhem, and the book is so cracking good that I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this wonderful historical series. The time of the series is the late 13th and early 14th centuries. This book is set actually set in January of 1304. If you love historical mysteries, this is not a series to miss.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nightshade Oct. 17 2009
By William Devlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought "Nightshade" was going to be similar to "The Waxman Murders," Doherty's preceding Hugh Corbett mystery, because of the jacket copy, publisher's review, etc. But the use of a bow as the murder weapon turned out to be the major similarity. This was another good Corbett mystery that reinforced why it's my favorite mystery series. Basing it on an historical event, Doherty draws the reader into the medieval world, evoking street life, home life, and even unsparing in his vocabulary (I always pick up a few new obsolete terms after reading one of these books). The mystery is enigmatic, the solution complex, and there's an unusual twist at the end. I look forward to more adventures of Hugh Corbett.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 13 2013
By kjanus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put it down. It kept me turning the pages late into the night!! I would without question recommend this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Jan. 19 2013
By sharlee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Paul Doherty is one of my favorite authors. He writes more than one series, and this is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed all of the Hugh Corbett mysteries and really hope the next book in the series will be coming soon.

The two main characters are enjoyable. While Sir Hugh Corbett is a highly principaled invesitagator, his assistant Ranulf is a likeable rogue. I do recommend reading the books in order beginning with Satan in St. Mary's. It gives the background of the two main characters and explains why they are working together.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Doherty May 7 2009
By T. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Paul Doherty is my favorite British author, anything he writes is always a pleasure and informational of the period he is writing about.

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