Another wonderful narrative from Paul Doherty featuring our eponymous hero, Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, and the king’s most senior chancery clerk.
Sent on a secret mission to the north of England by his Master, Corbett and his cohorts find themselves entangled in local rivalries, political dramas, international dilemmas, and the advent of nefarious dark forces along the border with Scotland, itself in disarray because of ongoing factional fighting around who should occupy the Throne of Scotland.
Evading mysterious attempts on his life, Corbett manages to root out the cause of these dark forces and, as is becoming his usual practice, lays out the case against the prime malefactor logically in a public arena. It is, as always, an impressive display.
Paul Doherty manages to weave historical realities into the overarching fictional narrative in such a way as to make the narrative both believable and engaging. It is, in my estimation, one of the great skills that Doherty possesses and brings to each of the novels in the High Corbett series to date. I now eagerly await the next volume.