Death’s Dark Valley by Paul Doherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The latest instalment in the ongoing adventures of Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, and his henchman Ranulf, Clerk in the Chancery of the Green Wax, sees them on the Welsh border in a Benedictine Abbey that is not your normal Abbey. There they find murder and intrigue from some unexpected sources and a secret prisoner whose continuing existence endangers the very safety of the Crown of England.
Using the by now well-known combination of dogged persistence and clear logical thinking, Corbett manages to unearth the identities of those responsible for the murders that he was sent to investigate. In the process, Corbett also manages to gain some useful insights into the perpetrators of the ongoing conspiracy against the King.
The continuing combination of wonderfully engaging narrative with attention to the grand historical setting of the period utilised by Doherty in his writing makes this latest instalment in Corbett’s adventures both enjoyable and engaging. It is a true delight to read novels of this calibre and genre that are not merely using the historical setting for the sake of convenience.
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