The Herald of Hell
by Paul Doherty

An medieval mystery featuring sleuthing friar Brother Athelstan

May, 1381. The Great Revolt draws ever nearer. The Upright Men openly roam the streets of London, waiting for the violence to begin. Their mysterious envoy, the Herald of Hell, appears at night all over the city, striking terror into the hearts of those who oppose them. But who is he?

When his chancery clerk is found hanged in a notorious Southwark brothel, the ruthless Thibault, John of Gaunt’s Master of Secrets, summons Brother Athelstan to investigate. Did Amaury Whitfield really kill himself following a visit from the terrifying Herald of Hell? Athelstan is unconvinced.

In the dead man’s possession was a manuscript containing a great secret which he had been striving to decipher. If he could only unlock the cipher and interpret the messages being carried to the so-called Herald of Hell, Athelstan would be one step closer to catching the killer. But can he crack the code before the Great Revolt begins?


A cerebral, slowly unwinding whodunit rooted in history, packed with details of lives so wretched that it's no wonder revolution was in the air

Kirkus Reviews

Doherty's long-running series continues to ratchet up the historical tension as actions and event move rapidly and inevitable towards the Peasant's Revolt of 1381


Doherty excels in grafting a fair-play whodunit onto actual historical events, making the intrigue and fear of the period palpable while giving the astute reader a chance to solve the crime

Publishers Weekly

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty has written over 100 books and was awarded the Herodotus Award, for lifelong achievement for excellence in the writing of historical mysteries by the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and include the historical mysteries of Brother Athelstan and Hugh Corbett.

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The Herald of Hell by Paul Doherty is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029079930th September 2015145 X 235mm224$28.99
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