By Paul Harding, Paul Doherty
It's the wintry weather of 1379 and a sea of difficulty is besetting England as French privateers proceed to assault the southern coast on a route to threaten London itself. In reaction an English flotilla of warships, with God’s shiny Light in its quantity, has dropped anchor within the Thames. whilst the solar rises at the flotilla’s first morning, the 1st mate and of the staff of God’s vivid Light have disappeared with no hint. Sir John Cranston—the wine-loving Coroner of the City—and his clerk Brother Athelstan are summoned to unravel the mysteries on board the ill-omened warship. specifically, they need to seek out the reality in the back of the demise of Sir Henry Ospring, who after vacationing the ship’s captain used to be later viciously stabbed to demise in a tavern chamber. As Cranston and Brother Athelstan examine, they locate themselves within the thick of a bloody conflict as scandal, treason, and homicide rule the day.
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Arthur was sent for and arrived a moment later. And then poor Miss Hamilton…” Arabella shook her head. “I thought my heart would break when she called out his name. ” She glanced at Morton, who must have looked impatient, for she drew herself up a little, green eyes glaring. “All of this was horrible enough, but I should not have sent for Hen—Mr. Morton but for one thing. The jarvey was frightened nigh unto death. I have never seen a man look so ill so suddenly. And the moment poor Mr. Glendinning was lifted from his carriage, the man was gone.
No, I am a Bow Street man,” he said, “but I've seen a few corpses in the course of my duties. ” “I have seen ‘a few corpses’ in my time, as well, sir,” the little man said, his tone mocking and indignant. ” “Army surgeon? Well, that would make you an authority on men drinking themselves to death. ” Wellesley, indeed! As though this small man were a familiar of the Duke of Wellington's. The doctor stood his ground a moment more, then gave Darley a stiff bow. “I have given my opinion,” he said haughtily.
I'm Henry Morton of Bow Street and I know who you are and where to find you. ” “T'ain't false,” said the man, low and bitter. Henry Morton held out his hand and dropped the coin into Acton's open palm. “No, it isn't all false, that's certain. It's what you aren't telling me, Ralph; that's what worries me. For you know how things work—you said it yourself. If Glendinning didn't die a natural death, they'll be looking for someone to swing for it. If you're hiding as much as I think you are, that could be you, Ralph, for you'll look guilty, won't you?
By Murder's Bright Light (Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan) by Paul Harding, Paul Doherty