Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.
The Song of a Dark Angelby Paul Doherty
November 1302, and Sir Hugh Corbett, Edward I's Keeper of the Secret Seal, together with his manservant, Ranulf, and messenger, Maltote, are sent to Mortlake Manor on the Norfolk coast to confront an evil rarely seen before. A man's headless corpse, its head impaled on a pole, has been found on a beach and the pretty young wife of a local baker has been found hanging from a gallows. The scene is set for more gruesome deaths and Corbett soon realises that the icy wastes of Norfolk, where the eerie song of the Dark Angel wind chills those that live in the small villages along the coast, are just as treacherous as the silken intrigue at the royal court or the violence of London's fetid alleyways... The eighth thrilling novel in the Hugh Corbett series.
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Hugh Corbett turns to Norfolk in the dead of winter to attend to the king's business though he does not know what that business is. The King is Edward I of England and Corbett is the keeper of his seal. There have been several previous thrillers in this series and all give the reader the greatest satisfaction. This one starts with two murders, one a servant of a nobeman is found decapited on the beach while at the same time the baker's wife is hanged on the scaffold. Under the guise of solving these crimes Corbett must solve an even greater puzzle, one that threatens the security of the realm.