Our eponymous hero goes to Oxford – or more specifically returns to Oxford – at the behest of the King of England to root out treason and murder. There is a sense of nostalgia for Corbett, harkening back to his own student days in the city and university, yet it his familiarity with the town – along with his intellect and cunning – that permits Corbett to succeed in his mission.
There is, however, the death of one of the familiar characters that readers of the series have come to know, to find out who you’ll have to read the book.
As always, Paul Doherty weaves together his historical knowledge of the period with an engaging narrative that draws the reader into not only the activities of our hero but also the history of the setting and period in which the narrative is set. As I have continued to read this series I have found myself seeking out the larger historical context in other places, trying to gain a broader picture of the setting into which Doherty has inserted his character.
Another engaging episode in the Hugh Corbett Mysteries series. Highly recommended.