A murderer lurks among a group of friends...
Paul Doherty relates the Clerk of Oxford's tale in A Haunt of Murder - a tale of mystery and murder as he goes on pilgrimage from London to Canterbury. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory.
As the sun sets, Chaucer's pilgrims find themselves lost in a Kent forest rumoured to be haunted. Huddled around the fire, trying to ignore the cries of screech owls and other, more frightening sounds of the night, the Clerk of Oxford agrees to tell a ghostly tale of love and death that will chill the blood.
It's 1381 and Beatrice Arrowner is on her way to Ravenscroft Castle on the outskirts of Maldon. Beatrice is meeting clerk Ralph Mortimer for a feast on the green. Nothing can dampen Beatrice's mood as she and Ralph gather with their friends. But the sinister events of the last few days soon cast a cloud over the festivities. Phoebe, a castle maid, has been horribly murdered. Soon there is another death and it seems that the evil spirits which haunt the Midnight Tower are doing their worst.
Certain there is a connection between these events and his own search for the legendary Brythnoth's jewelled cross, Ralph knows that this own life is in danger and that the murderer must be one of his close friends. But he can only hunt down the killer with the help of Beatrice - who learns that death is not necessarily the end of existence...
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In 1381, a series of inexplicable murderspits the impoverished peasants of Maldon, Essex, against the upper-class residents of Ravenscroft Castle in Doherty's diverting sixth Canterbury Tales mystery (after 2002's The Hangman's Hymn), told by the clerk of Oxford. Ralph Mortimer, a clerk at Ravenscroft, must figure out who's been slaying villagers and castle dwellers alike. With practically everyone in Maldon a suspect, bringing a killer to justice won't be easy, especially when friends aren't always who they claim to be, and evil spirits are at work within the castle walls. Meanwhile, Mortimer seeks Brythnoth's legendary golden cross from pagan times and is distracted by grief after his fianc e,Beatrice Arrowner, falls to her death from the castle parapet. Evoking the medieval world through sparing use of period detail and language, veteran British author Doherty weaves an intricate and suspenseful tale sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers.