Herald of Hell

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Severn House, Sep 28, 2015 - Detective and mystery stories - 240 pages
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A medieval mystery featuring sleuthing monk Brother Athelstan

May, 1381. The Great Revolt draws ever nearer. The Upright Men openly roam the streets of London, waiting for the violence to begin. Their mysterious envoy, the Herald of Hell, appears at night all over the city, striking terror into the hearts of those who oppose them. But who is he?

When his chancery clerk is found hanged in a notorious Southwark brothel, the ruthless Thibault, John of Gaunt's Master of Secrets, summons Brother Athelstan to investigate. Did Amaury Whitfield really kill himself following a visit from the terrifying Herald of Hell? Athelstan is unconvinced.

In the dead man's possession was a manuscript containing a great secret which he had been striving to decipher. If he could only unlock the cipher and interpret the messages being carried to the so-called Herald of Hell, Athelstan would be one step closer to catching the killer. But can he crack the code before the Great Revolt begins?

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As a revolution brews amid the squalid streets of 1381 London, a murder fights for attention. Since Richard II is only 14, the royal power currently lies in the hands of his uncle, John of Gaunt, the ... Read full review

The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan Novel of Medieval London (First World Publication)

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In 1381, new taxes levied on peasants have brought resentment to a fever pitch, and England’s leaders fear a revolt that will “topple both Church and Crown,” in Doherty’s solid 15th Brother Athelstan ... Read full review

About the author (2015)

Mystery writer P. C. Doherty was born in Middlesborough, England. He is probably best known for the series which includes Ghostly Murders, A Tournament of Murders, A Tapestry of Murders, and An Ancient Evil. Other works include The Rose Demon, Satan's Fire, and The Devil's Hunt. Doherty also has published under the pen names of Paul Harding (The Nightingale Gallery) and Michael Clynes (The White Rose Murders).

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