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Angel of death
Doherty, P. C.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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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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Publisher's Weekly Review

Medieval London comes vividly to life in this fourth investigation by Hugh Corbett, chief clerk to England's Edward I. In January 1299, at High Mass with the king and other nobles, Walter de Montfort, the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, falls dead, poisoned. Edward, whose recent ill-received attempts to tax the church to raise funds for his wars against France and rebel Scots make him a suspect, orders Corbett to investigate. With the aid, and often hindrance, of his dissolute servant Ranulf, Corbett discovers that the victim owned a house of prostitution and served as the fence for a gang of outlaws. The clerk comes to suspect, however, that despite the Dean's criminal activities, he was not the intended victim. Finding the key to the mystery in the ritual of the mass, Corbett gets his answer after another murder, although he himself almost perishes. Like previous Corbett mysteries, this one is based on a true incident, with Doherty's depictions of medieval character and manners of thought, from the highest to the lowest in the land, ringing true. ( Apr. ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Doherty ( The Whyte Harte, LJ 1/89) bases the fourth Hugh Corbett mystery, staged in 13th-century England, on the sack of Berwick by Edward I and on the subsequent unexpected death of the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. For political reasons, Edward assigns Corbett, his chief clerk, to establish the murderer of the Dean, who planned to preach against the king's desire to tax the Church. Detailed descriptions abound, with a little current philosophy thrown in for increased understanding. A well-established series of later date but of nearly the same caliber as Ellis Peters's Brother Cadfael series. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.