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Posted March 27, 2001
Readers around the world can sigh with relief! Hugh Corbett is alive and well and bent on solving yet another mystery for his King and country! In ¿The Demon Archer,¿ Paul Doherty stops the suspense he created in his last book (¿The Devil¿s Hunt¿) when we find Corbett mortally wounded! Saved by his iron will (and a heavy leather protective coating), the King¿s Clerk and chief sleuth survives; the assassin¿s crossbolt proves not fatal, though we are told it was touch and go for a while and the outcome was uncertain!). We are lucky readers, indeed! Now Sir Hugh is off to solve the death of one of King Edward¿s chief land owners, Lord Henry Fitzalan, who has been unceremoniously murdered while on a hunt. There is no shortage of suspects, as Fitzalan has created enough enemies, both inside his household and throughout the land. And Doherty is quick to take advantage of all these writing opportunities to thicken the plot not just a little! However, it is all in good reading, as Doherty fans will acknowledge. Indeed, this seems to be his best crafted work and one is not disappointed in the outcome. Hugh once again meets up with his old nemesis da Craon as he goes head to toe with their feud, which, over the course of the eleven books in this series, is both personal and professional. The King¿s chess game with French King Philip IV continues as this royal intrigue plays on and on and on, as historians well know. The Corbett series seems to get better and better and ¿The Demon Archer¿ leads us to believe that it will not be the last. Let¿s hope not!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2001
I was lucky enough to find this title when I was in England last summer. I was thrilled to find out that Hugh survived the attempt on his life in the previous book (The Devil's Hunt). Obviously, it doesn't take long for him and Ranulf (my favorite character) to get involved in another assignment from King Edward, despite that attempt. This series just keeps getting better and better. Just wait until the next one!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In Ashdown Forest, England in 1303, Lord Henry Fitzalan leads a hunting party that includes his brother and several other aristocrats. Everyone shoots arrows at a deer, but someone sends a longbow arrow into the chest of Lord Henry, killing the despised and arrogant Earl of Surrey. <P>King Edward summons his friend Hugh Corbett to the court. He tells him that an assassin murdered Henry without the slightest pretense of disguising the homicide with a hunting accident. Edward wants the culprit caught and knows that Hugh has had success with homicides. <P>Hugh begins his investigation only to learn how loathed Henry was. This complicates a case that initially appeared to have political connections, as Henry was leading an English contingent to France on a peace treaty mission associated with the marriage between the two monarchies. However, aside from the anti-treaty crowd, other suspects are plentiful, from Henry¿s brother to the father of a young lady Henry coveted to almost anyone who knew the odious ill-tempered noble. <P>No one does medieval fiction any better than Paul Doherty, who always blends a clever story line with factual tidbits that propel the tale forward and provide depth. The eleventh Corbett historical investigator novel is a taut thriller that centers on an entertaining who-done-it with the typical Doherty touch of historical persona and facts that enhancing a brilliant plot. Hugh remains a huge success as he retains his freshness that few historical detectives can maintain over the life of a series. Fans of the sub-genre will relish this novel and seek the remainder of the Corbett collection as well as Dr. Doherty¿s sensational Swinbrooke stories. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2012
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