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The Angel of Death

(The fourth book in the Hugh Corbett series)
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Publisher's Weekly
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.

Library Journal
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.

Genre: Historical Mystery
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Hardback Editions

March 1990 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Angel of Death
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-312-03791-0 / 978-0-312-03791-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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January 1989 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Angel of Death
Author(s): P C DOHERTY
ISBN: 0-7090-3859-3 / 978-0-7090-3859-7 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Angel of Death (Linford Mystery)
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-7089-5671-8 / 978-0-7089-5671-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford (Large Print)
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December 1991 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Angel of Death (A Medieval Mystery Featuring Hugh Corbett)
Author(s): Paul Doherty
ISBN: 0-7472-3694-1 / 978-0-7472-3694-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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Audio Editions

2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Angel of Death
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 1-4281-4788-8 / 978-1-4281-4788-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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January 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: THE ANGEL OF DEATH (Complete & Unabridged)
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 1-84197-086-7 / 978-1-84197-086-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio Books
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2000 : UK Audio CD
Title: the angel of Death
Author(s): PC Doherty
ISBN: 1-84197-200-2 / 978-1-84197-200-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: WF Howes
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Angel of Death
Author(s): Paul Doherty
Publisher: Headline
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October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Angel of Death (Hugh Corbett Mysteries Book 4)
Author(s): Paul Doherty
Publisher: Headline
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