The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

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by Paul Doherty
     
 

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As Chaucer’s pilgrims shelter for the night, it’s the physician’s turn to enthral his fellow travellers with a terrifying tale. When Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen are summoned to the Church of St Michael’s, Candlewick, to perform an exorcism, the demons that plague the church appear to have been summoned by an infamous sorcerer known

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As Chaucer’s pilgrims shelter for the night, it’s the physician’s turn to enthral his fellow travellers with a terrifying tale. When Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen are summoned to the Church of St Michael’s, Candlewick, to perform an exorcism, the demons that plague the church appear to have been summoned by an infamous sorcerer known as the Midnight Man. But what has he unwittingly unleashed – and why? Is there any link to the disappearance of young women in the area? Before Anselm can get to the truth, he must first uncover the identity of the mysterious Midnight Man.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Doherty’s solid seventh Canterbury Tales medieval mystery (after 2009’s A Haunt of Murder), the physician delivers a blood-curdling account of the depredations of the so-called Midnight Man, described as “a warlock well-served by the knights of hell.” Doherty doesn’t stint on the number of puzzles Brother Anselm, principal exorcist to the archbishop of Canterbury, has to unravel. They include a locked-room murder, the apparent haunting of a church by ghosts, the question of whether the activities of the Midnight Man’s coven are connected with some missing buried treasure, and the disappearance of young women in the vicinity. Despite the number of balls in the air, Doherty drops nary a one as he provides another intriguing look at the past through the lens of a murder inquiry. Agent: Christopher Sinclair Stevenson. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Delight your medievalist fans with Doherty's seventh tale (after A Haunt of Murder), in which the Physician shares an eerie tale with Chaucer's pilgrims as they make their way to Canterbury.
Kirkus Reviews
An exorcist and his assistant fight demons from hell to solve a series of murders. Geoffrey Chaucer and his fellow pilgrims listen to a physician's disturbing tale in a tavern on their route from London to Canterbury. Brother Anselm and his novice, Stephen, have been asked to perform an exorcism at the church of St. Michael's, Candlewick. The demons that inhabit the church seem to have been called up by a sorcerer known as the Midnight Man, but there is more to the story. Some valuable property stolen from the king years ago may be hidden in the church. The current king has sent men to protect Anselm and hunt for the treasure. Anselm knows he must solve a recent series of murders of young women if he is to have any chance of banishing the demons. Stephen, the son of a physician who has thrown him out because of his disturbing visions, has fallen in love with the daughter of a tavern owner. Despite his doubts about a future in religion, he continues to experience horrible and revealing visions as he supports Anselm. Anselm, Stephen and the king's men must uncover the sins of past and present to have any hope of success. The latest addition to Doherty's Canterbury Tales series (A Haunt of Murder, 2003, etc.) is so tightly packed with the minutiae of everyday medieval life that mystery readers who aren't history buffs may give up long before the excellent finale.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780295282
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2014
Series:
A 'Canterbury Tales' Medieval Mystery Series, #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Doherty studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities, and is now headmaster of a school in Essex. He is the author of more than eighty historical mysteries including the Hugh Corbett, Mathilde of Westminster and Canterbury Tales medieval mystery series.

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