Solve the case, or risk London being engulfed in the flames...
February, 1381. A ruthless killer known as the Ignifer – Fire Bringer – is rampaging through London, bringing agonising death and destruction in his wake.
He appears to be targeting all those involved in the recent trial and conviction of the beautiful Lady Isolda Beaumont, burned at the stake for the murder of her husband. As the late Sir Walter Beaumont was a close friend of the Regent, John of Gaunt orders Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan to investigate.
In the dead man’s possession was a copy of the mysterious ‘Book of Fires’, containing the secret formula of a devastating weapon, the so-called Greek Fire. The manuscript has since disappeared, and Gaunt is desperate for it not to fall into the wrong hands...
A totally thrilling mystery novel from master Paul Doherty, perfect for fans of E. M. Powell, S G MacLean and S. J. Parris.
Brother Athelstan has a miracle to puzzle over in Doherty's superior 14th whodunit featuring the insightful medieval sleuth (after 2013's Candle Flame). But before Athelstan can determine how a man was suddenly cured of horrific burns, he must stop a sadistic killer known as the Ignifer. The vengeful Ignifer appears to be using Greek fire to fatally roast those responsible for the execution of Lady Isolda Beaumont, who was burnt at the stake for poisoning her husband. Sir Walter Beaumont was an adventurer rumored to possess The Book of Fires, which contains the secret formula for a deadly weapon. After an attempt is made on the lives of Athelstan and the Lord High Coroner of London, the priest redoubles his efforts to crack the case. The clues are in plain sight, but only the cleverest readers will identify the Ignifer before Athelstan does.