The Midnight Man
by Paul Doherty

A ‘Canterbury Tales’ medieval mystery

As Chaucer’s pilgrims shelter for the night in a well-stocked tavern, it’s the physician’s turn to enthral his fellow travellers with a terrifying tale of mystery and intrigue.

When Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen are summoned to the Church of St Michael’s, Candlewick, to perform an exorcism, little are they prepared for the horror that awaits. The demons and apparitions that plague the church would appear to have been summoned by an infamous sorcerer known as the Midnight Man. But what has he unwittingly unleashed – and why? Is someone using the haunting as the perfect cover for their murderous intent? And is there any link with the sudden disappearances of a number of young women in the area?

The answers lie in the past and an unresolved wickedness from many decades before. But before Anselm can get to the truth, he must uncover the identity of the mysterious Midnight Man.


Delight your medievalist fans with Doherty's seventh tale, in which the Physician shares an eerie tale with Chaucer's pilgrims as they make their way to Canterbury

Library Journal

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

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 Midnight Man by Paul Doherty is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029026331st May 2012147 X 223mm224£21.99
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The Canterbury Tales Medieval Mystery Series