The Herald of Hell by Paul Doherty

The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan Novel of Medieval LondonA medieval mystery featuring sleuthing monk Brother Athelstan”
May, 1381. The Great Revolt draws ever nearer. The Upright Men openly roam the streets of London, waiting for the violence to begin. Their mysterious envoy, the Herald of Hell, appears at night all over the city, striking terror into the hearts of those who oppose them. But who is he?
When his chancery clerk is found hanged in a notorious Southwark brothel, the ruthless Thibault, John of Gaunt s Master of Secrets, summons Brother Athelstan to investigate. Did Amaury Whitfield really kill himself following a visit from the terrifying Herald of Hell? Athelstan is unconvinced.
In the dead man s possession was a manuscript containing a great secret which he had been striving to decipher. If he could only unlock the cipher and interpret the messages being carried to the so-called Herald of Hell, Athelstan would be one step closer to catching the killer. But can he crack the code before the Great Revolt begins?
The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan Novel of Medieval London by Paul Doherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

14th century England was an interesting place, and the author makes sure to remind us of this–with his well-researched historical setting and interesting characters.

If you are a fan of historical mysteries, you can’t go wrong with this series, or with this book. With some intelligent code cracking, a mystery worthy of trying to figure out and the usual wit and charm of the main character, this book was a lot of fun to read.

I was particularly impressed with the political moves going on in the background of this book. Well written, snarky at times and overall, a book that I can easily recommend to others interested in this period.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

6 thoughts on “The Herald of Hell by Paul Doherty”

  1. I haven’t come across this series and I’m a sucker for historical mysteries – I’ll have to track it down as it sounds right up my street… Though presumably I’d do better to start with the first book?


    1. I would definitely say they aren’t standalone..mostly because of the quirks of the characters. They tend to develop over time and I think a lot of that would be missed starting with a later book. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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