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The Crown in Darkness

The Crown in Darkness

(1988)
(The second book in the Hugh Corbett series)
A novel by

 
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When Hugh Corbett, legal adviser and clerk to the Chancellor of England, is sent to Scotland in the wretchedly cold spring of 1286 to investigate the death of King Alexander III, he is met with hostility, suspicion and murderous rage. Did King Alexander dash off on a furiously stormy night to visit his young French bride and accidentally plunge from a cliff to his death below? Or perhaps his fall was the result of scheming and plotting by ambitious nobles, including the power-hungry Robert Bruce. When the careful and secretive Corbett begins asking pointed questions he is arrested on a trumped-up charge of treason and murder; after his release he is the target of assassination attempts. He begins to make progress in his quest only when he joins forces with Bishop Wishart of Glasgow. Doherty (The Death of a King) brings the harsh medieval landscape of Scotland to vivid life, particularly its gritty and malodorous cities, its wildly beautiful countryside and its population of devout, enigmatic or sinister characters. Yet, a superfluity of historical explanations and far too much laborious speculation on Corbett's part slow the book's pace to a quiet crawl.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

May 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: The Crown in Darkness
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-312-01754-5 / 978-0-312-01754-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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February 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: Crown in Darkness
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-7090-3205-6 / 978-0-7090-3205-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: Crown in Darkness (Linford Mystery)
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-7089-5601-7 / 978-0-7089-5601-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford (Large Print)
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February 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: Crown in Darkness (A Medieval Mystery Featuring Hugh Corbett)
Author(s): Paul Doherty
ISBN: 0-7472-3505-8 / 978-0-7472-3505-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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Audio Editions

January 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Crown in Darkness
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 1-84197-186-3 / 978-1-84197-186-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Crown in Darkness
Author(s): Paul Doherty
Publisher: Headline
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October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Crown in Darkness (Hugh Corbett Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Paul Doherty
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon UK   



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