Books by P.C. Doherty

P.C. Doherty is the author of several acclaimed mystery series including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of mystery and murder. He lives in England.


THE MYSTERIUM by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 2012

"Doherty (Nightshade, 2011, etc.) provides another meticulously researched trip to the distant past, a clever mystery with a fine feel for the period."
The extreme wealth, dire poverty and resulting intrigue of 1304 London lead to murder. Read full book review >
THE TEMPLAR MAGICIAN by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"In a departure from his 14th-century series (Nightshade, 2011, etc.), Doherty offers up a neatly turned puzzle set in 1152, a period of blood-soaked terror in both England and Palestine."
A dedicated member of the Knights Templar is caught up in a mystery he feels obliged to solve. Read full book review >
NIGHTSHADE by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2011

"Hugh's 16th adventure (The Waxman Murders, 2010, etc.) is another fine historical mystery steeped in medieval atmosphere."
Yet another vexing case for Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, personal emissary of Edward I of England and clever sleuth. Read full book review >
THE WAXMAN MURDERS by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Another clever, well-researched period piece (The Magician's Death, 2009, etc.) that immerses willing readers in the sometimes unpleasant details of medieval life."
A medieval sleuth, working in 1303, delves even deeper into the past to solve several brutal murders. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN’S DEATH by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2009

"A clever surprise ending awaits those who can struggle through the thicket of medieval minutiae in Hugh's latest adventure (Corpse Candle, 2002, etc.)"
Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the King's Seal, must solve a multitude of murders as he goes about his business for Edward I of England. Read full book review >
A HAUNT OF MURDER by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"As spooky and romantic as any of Doherty's Canterbury Tales mysteries (The Hangman's Hymn, 2004, etc.), though the series lacks the cohesiveness of a single hero's adventures."
On the road to Canterbury, Chaucer's pilgrims detour to visit a haunted wood and hear a chilling tale of spirits and murder. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"A great deal of historical information on ancient Egypt compounds the enjoyment of a clever mystery ably solved by the intriguing Amerotke."
In this fifth investigation, Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh Queen Hatusu's Chief Judge, tracks down an obscure sect known as the Sebaus who are plundering the royal tombs. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN’S HYMN by P.C. Doherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"Bruised throats, blood, guilt, and satanic rites—but ultimately Simon survives using his wits rather than copious amounts of holy water."
In the latest installment in prolific Doherty's dark version of the Canterbury tales (Ghostly Murders, 1998), the Carpenter pilgrim tells a bloodcurdling tale of hanged men who refuse to stay dead and buried. Read full book review >
CORPSE CANDLE by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"The incredibly convoluted doings, past and present, may tax the reader's patience, but medievalists will doubtless appreciate Doherty's return to his home ground."
After several excursions to ancient Egypt (The Slayers of Seth, p. 616, etc.), prolific Doherty returns to Sir Hugh Corbett's world of medieval England (The Devil's Hunt, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SLAYERS OF SETH by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2002

"Except perhaps for those with a special interest in the period, Amerotke's latest forgets that even in ancient Egypt, less could have been more."
Thirty years after winning a war against the cruel Hyksos of the Red Lands, the remaining heroes of the conflict, the Panthers of the South, are living, rich and prosperous, under Queen Hatusu's reign in Thebes—until they begin to fall victim, one by one, to the hand of an unknown slayer. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2001

"Choked with bloody killings, confrontations, and betrayals, the story is gripping enough for casual visitors, but will be most appreciated by those with a special interest in the period."
The third of prolific Doherty's Egyptian historicals (The Horus Killings, 1999, etc.) is set in 1479 b.c., a year after the death of the Pharaoh Thutmosis has left as ruler his daughter Hatusu, who has begun her reign auspiciously by winning a great victory over the Mittani to the north. Read full book review >
THE HORUS KILLINGS by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

The second installment in the series medieval veteran Doherty began with The Mask of Ra (1999) brings back Amerotke, now Chief Judge of Egypt, to investigate a series of murders—beginning with the poisoning of the Temple of Horus' chief librarian—that rock the house of Menes, the pharaoh who's united Egypt, it seems, only to watch it slip away one citizen at a time. Read full book review >
THE MASK OF RA by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1999

"Surely, life in medieval England was more fun than this."
Author of many novels set in the England of past centuries, Doherty (Ghostly Murders, 1998, etc.) here presents the first of a series about Ancient Egypt. Read full book review >
GHOSTLY MURDERS by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Unlikely to appeal to readers not enthralled with ghost stories or the history of the period."
It's the 14th century, and once again a pilgrim in a group traveling the long, hard road to Canterbury is telling a story to enliven the evenings (A Tapestry of Murders, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S HUNT by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 1998

"A tangled, torpid slog."
It's 1303 and Edward, King of England, has asked his onetime courier and chief clerk Sir Hugh Corbett (Satan's Fire, 1996, etc.) for help with a series of disasters besetting the town of Oxford. Read full book review >
A TOURNAMENT OF MURDERS by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"Over the top, though, even for Doherty."
Doherty's third tale about a pilgrim on the way to Canterbury (An Ancient Evil, 1994; A Tapestry of Murders, 1996), this one narrated by the Franklin: young Richard Greenele, squire to Sir Gilbert Savage, his protector from childhood. Read full book review >
SATAN'S FIRE by P.C. Doherty
Released: Nov. 20, 1996

"Almost impossibly dense with characters, intrigue, and incident, embellished by the sights, sounds, and smells of York and environs, described in overpowering detail: This ninth in the series is a chronicle too rich for its own good."
The year is 1303, and England's King Edward is near bankruptcy as he prepares for another attempt to conquer Scotland. Read full book review >
A TAPESTRY OF MURDERS by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 1996

"With its clanking, disorderly storyline and clutter of subplots—all amid repetitive, graphic descriptions of bloody encounters and London's fetid byways—this is the least adroit, not to say dullest, of Doherty's often intriguing medieval mysteries."
In this second of the author's stories modelled on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (An Ancient Evil, 1994), a tale is being narrated each evening by the Man of Laws to the group of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury in the mid-1300s. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF A DARK ANGEL by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1995

"The neatly contrived denouement helps save the day, but this is middling Dohertybest enjoyed by devotees of the medieval mystery."
It's 1302, and Sir Hugh Corbett (The Assassin in the Greenwood, 1993, etc.), chief clerk to King Edward I, is once again on a mission for his sovereignthis time dispatched to Sir Simon Gurney's Mortlake Manor in Norfolk to investigate a pair of macabre murders. Read full book review >
MURDER WEARS A COWL by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"An epilogue, though, holds out the hope that Ranulf, unusually subdued here, may be ready to strike out on his own."
This sixth adventure for 14th-century clerk Hugh Corbett (The Prince of Darkness, 1993, etc.) is one of his liveliest, whether because Edward I has just knighted him—as an inducement to travel to London for his latest investigation—or because of the nature of the mystery itself: who's been slitting the throats of over a dozen upscale courtesans? Read full book review >
THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Overall, though: a neatly reasoned historical possibility, and a fairly decent puzzle to resolve."
Hugh Corbett (The Angel of Death, etc.), the medieval clerk and sometime spy for Edward I of England, is assigned a complex task: to discover who murdered Lady Eleanor in her bedchamber at the abbey and then tried to make it look like suicide. Read full book review >
THE MASKED MAN by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Like Tey's The Daughter of Time, this may become a history-class staple."
Popular historian Doherty adds another inveterate rogue to his roster—English forger Ralph Croft, who scampers across the Channel and soon finds himself incarcerated in the Bastille, where his release is contingent upon his working with the Regent's men, archivist Maurepas and Captain D'Estivet, to discover the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. Read full book review >
SPY IN CHANCERY by P.C. Doherty
Released: May 9, 1989

Hugh Corbett, senior clerk in Edward's Royal Chancery, meanders through 13th-century England, France, and Wales to rout a secret agent who has infiltrated his King's court and is passing information on to Phillip IV of France. Read full book review >