Synopses & Reviews
In The Mysterium, a new installment in the “deliciously suspenseful” Hugh Corbett Medieval Mystery series by P.C. Doherty, Sir Hugh Corbett is ordered to investigate the murder of a Chief Justice in the Kings Court.
February 1304—London is in crisis. A succession of brutal murders shocks the city as it comes to terms with the fall from power of Walter Evesham, Chief Justice in the Court of the Kings Bench. Accused of bribery and corruption, Evesham has sought sanctuary to atone for his sins. When Evesham is discovered dead in his cell at the Abbey of Sion though, it appears that the Mysterium, a cunning killer brought to justice by Evesham, has returned to wreak havoc. Sir Hugh Corbett is ordered to investigate the murder. Has the Mysterium returned or is another killer imitating his brutal methods? As Corbett traces the ancient sins that hold the key to discovering the murderers identity he must face his most cunning foe yet.
"Set in early 14th-century England, Doherty's 17th whodunit featuring Hugh Corbett, 'the Keeper of the King's Secret Seal,' maintains the high standard of the previous entry, 2011's Nightshade. Having just helped to quell a riot involving members of rival gangs, Corbett is plunged into one of the most baffling cases of his career. Walter Evesham, former chief justice in the Court of King's Bench, has had his throat cut in a locked room. Carved on Evesham's forehead is an M, the mark of a professional killer known as the Mysterium, who terrorized London two decades earlier. The assassin's murderous career came to an end when Evesham caught him, but he later escaped custody. Corbett can trust almost no one as he pursues his investigation, not even Edward I, whose motivations are less than pure. The author has few peers at concealing fair clues in a historically accurate background. Agent: David H. Headley, D H H Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for PC Doherty:
"Resurrectionist magic."--The New York Times Book Review
"Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric. A great read."--Historical Novels Review
About the Author
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.