The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty
Published by Severn House Digital
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: 31 August 2017 (hardcover), 1 December, 2017 (e-book)
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Synopsis via Goodreads: October, 1381. Brother Athelstan is summoned to the church of St Benet’s in Queenhithe to investigate the murder of a priest. Parson Reynaud has been found stabbed to death inside his own locked church. Other disturbing discoveries include an empty coffin and a ransacked money chest. Who would commit murder inside a holy church? Who would spirit away a corpse the night before the funeral – and who would be brave enough to steal treasure belonging to the most feared gangleader in London?
Meanwhile, the death of one of Athelstan’s parishioners reveals a shocking secret. Could there be a connection to the murdered priest of St Benet’s? Athelstan’s investigations will lure him into the dark and dangerous world of the gangmaster known as The Flesher, whose influence has a frighteningly long reach …
This was my first Paul Doherty novel and I can confidently say that it will not be my last. Before reading The Mansions of Murder I had not given much thought to the historical mystery genre, I am ashamed to admit. But now, having finished Doherty’s eighteenth instalment in his Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series I am excited to delve deeper into both Doherty’s prolific bibliography as well as other titles within the genre.