61. The Devil’s Hunt by P. C. Doherty (1996)
The Hugh Corbett Medieval Mysteries Book 10
Length: 249 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Started: 24 July 2012
Finished: 28 July 2012
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 20 July 2012
Why do I have it? I like historical mysteries and P. C. Doherty is a new author for me.
In the summer of 1303, murder has made itself known in the King’s university city of Oxford. The illustrious Regent of Sparrow Hall, John Copsale, is found dead in his bed. Some claim he died in his sleep, while still others whisper that Regent Copsale was murdered by the mysterious “Bell Man” – who posts treasonous notes on the doors of the churches.
Then the college librarian and archivist, Robert Ascham is discovered inside the college library with a crossbow bolt in his chest. Definitely an act of cold-blooded murder, but who could have done it? After all, the library was sealed, the doors and windows securely locked. And just what was Ascham trying to write on the piece of manuscript found lying beside him?
Are the Regent’s death and Ascham’s murder the result of a terrible curse of ghosts who still walk the earth, seeking vengeance? Or are the deaths somehow related to the ritualistic murders of beggars, the severed heads of whom are found tied by their hair to the trees in the forest. King Edward hears of the seething unrest in Oxford and arrives unannounced at the Leighton estate of Sir Hugh Corbett – Keeper of the King’s Seal and clerk of the King’s Bench. The King charges Sir Hugh to travel to Oxford to resolve the murderous mysteries that threaten to plunge the city and university into chaos.
I did enjoy this book, although it was slightly hard to follow. I was definitely interested to discover who the murderer was, though. I give this book an A!
A! – (90-95%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight