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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472259189

Price: £20.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Hugh Corbett returns in the twenty-first gripping mystery in Paul Doherty’s ever-popular series. If you love the historical mysteries of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell you will love this.

Secrets simmer in the lonely wasteland of Dartmoor.

Spring, 1312. At Malmaison Manor, Lord Simon is concealing a dark secret – one he arrogantly assumes will never catch up with him. But someone knows about the crime he committed and they’ve found a way to make him pay. And he’s not alone. When he is found mysteriously slain, other deaths soon follow. Meanwhile, ships on the Devonshire coast are being deliberately wrecked, their crews slaughtered, their cargoes plundered.

Sir Hugh Corbett and Lord Simon are bound by the Secret Chancery and their search for one precious ruby – the Lacrima Christi. So, when Corbett learns of Lord Simon’s death, he is once more dragged into a tangled web of lies and intrigue and it’s not long before secrets of his own start to surface. As the Hymn to Murder reaches its crescendo, can Corbett confront his past and live to see another day?

Praise for Paul Doherty’s dark and suspenseful novels:

His fascination for history comes off the pageDaily Express

‘An opulent banquet to satisfy the most murderous appetiteNorthern Echo

Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmosphericHistorical Novels Review

‘Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history . . . evocative and lyrical descriptionsNew Statesmen


His fascination for history comes off the page
Daily Express
Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric
Historical Novels Review
Supremely evocative, scrupulously researched
Publishers Weekly
An opulent banquet to satisfy the most murderous appetite
Northern Echo
Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history...evocative and lyrical descriptions
New Statesman
Teems with colour, energy and spills
Time Out
The Hugh Corbett series . . . continues its magnificent vein of form. Massively recommended
Classic Mystery blog