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The House of the Red Slayer by Paul Doherty
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The House of the Red Slayer (1992)

by Paul Doherty

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It's amazing how many books you can read in 8 hours on a train...
A detective double act set in the early middle ages. John Cranston is the City of London's coroner, while Brother Athelstan is a priest with a troubled mind who just wants to do what's best. They are instructed to investigate the murder of the keeper of the Tower of London, and it all gets pretty grisly from there. Sir John is an unlikely man to hold office, always tending to be slightly drunk, but he's a good man at heart and between them they find a solution. Not until there have been a few more bodies piled up around the place though. Light relief, but probably doesn't stand up to rigorous scrutiny. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 31, 2013 |
I generally list books under the pseudonym used in writing, but Mr. Doherty switched to his real name after the second book and I wanted to keep the series together.

A fairly straightforward historical mystery. I'll read a couple more but I hope that they can step up and take the place of Ellis Peters' stories. ( )
  TadAD | Mar 22, 2010 |
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June 1362
Murder had been planned, foul and bloody, by a soul as dark as midnight.
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The House of the Red Slayer by Paul Doherty is the same book as The House of the Red Slayer by Paul Harding and The House of the Red Slayer by P.C. Doherty. Dr. Doherty has used several pseudonyms.
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In December 1377 a great frost has the city in its icy grip; even the Thames is frozen from bank to bank. Murder, revenge and treachery also make their presence felt. The Constable of the Tower of London, Sir Ralph Whitton, is found murdered in a cold bleak chamber in the North Bastion. The door is still locked from the inside and guarded by trusted retainers – so how did the assassins slip across a frozen moat and climb the sheer wall to commit such a dreadful crime? Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, the wine-loving coroner of the city of London, are appointed to investigate these mysteries. They soon discover Sir Ralph’s murder is only the first in a series of macabre killings which have their roots in a terrible act of betrayal committed many years previously. [from Amazon]
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In 14th Century London, Sir John Cranston, the lord coroner, and his assistant, Brother Athelstan, investigate a series of murders. All the victims have connections to a soldier they robbed and left to die 15 years earlier.

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