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The hanging tree de P. C. Doherty
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The hanging tree (edição: 2022)

de P. C. Doherty

Séries: Brother Athelstan (21)

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London. January, 1382. The Crown's treasury has been robbed. Tens of thousands of silver and gold coin mysteriously lifted from the most secure chamber in the kingdom; the five Clerks of the Dark who guarded the king's treasure brutally garrotted. Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan are appointed to investigate - but Athelstan has problems of his own. Clement the Key Master, who helped fashion the complex locks to the royal treasure chamber, has been found strangled in the nave of Athelstan's parish, St Erconwald's church. At the same time, six of the city's hangmen have been savagely murdered, their bodies stripped. Pinned to each corpse is a scrawled note: "Vengeance! The Upright Men never forget!" The Guild of Hangmen who frequent the majestic tavern, The Hanging Tree, on the River Thames, have petitioned for Sir John and Brother Athelstan to find the culprit. But have the sleuthing pair taken on more than they can handle ... and could the two investigations be connected?… (mais)
Membro:jcm790
Título:The hanging tree
Autores:P. C. Doherty
Informação:Edinburgh : Severn House, 2022.
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The Royal Treasury has been robbed of a huge amount of treasure. This money was due to be the repayment of loans from the Italian Bardi family and therefore the Royal Exchequer has huge issues. The coroner of London is called in to investigate with his righthand man Brother Athelstan. Meanwhile the maker of the keys to the treasury has been murdered in Athelstan's church and all signs indicate that the two are linked and involved a shadowy sets of mercenaries called the Carboni.
I haven't read any of the series before but found it really easy to pick up as there was little expectation of crucial links to previous novels. This is obviously an author comfortable with his characters and setting in 14th century London as there is little extraneous description but there is clearly excellent research. A suitable complex plot and a political ending make this a satisfying read. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Aug 9, 2022 |
Treachery and treason. 1382

If ever any one can take you into the bowels of a Bosch painting with his descriptions of the London that our Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, the Lord High Coroner tread it’s Paul Doherty. In this latest medieval mystery we have the locked room theme (here a locked tower) complete with murder most foul, stolen kingdom treasure, garrotted hangman being found across the parishes, and a further garrotted body in Athelstan’s own St Erconwald church, and hints of the mysterious and deadly Italian smugglers and robbers, the Carbonari lurking in the deep shadows.
Both Aleston and Sir John come under threat. Tasked with solving the theft of the Crown’s Treasury by John of Gaunt and King Richard II, our pursuers of truth are lead down a fantastical path.
Oh my! The bees in the beehive are well and truly buzzing as unseen enemies stealthily slip through their midst. Another intriguing Athelstan and Cranston enigma.

A Severn House ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Jun 9, 2022 |
Among the many (many, many, many) historical mystery series I follow, Paul Doherty's The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan is a particular favorite. Set in the 14th Century and featuring former soldier Brother Athelstan and King's Coroner Sir John Cranston, this title does what too few historical mysteries do and focuses on ordinary lives, not just those of a wealthy, privileged few.

The Hanging Tree opens with a major theft—a hoard of newly minted goal and silver coins, intended to pay back debts of the British Crown (really of the Regent John of Gaunt who was standing in for a young Richard II) to Italian bankers. But that treasure disappears the night before it is to be moved to the Italian ship that will carry it to its destination.

So, yes, the novel opens with a crime affecting the wealthy few, but Doherty helps readers see the multiple levels on which this theft shapes or threatens lives of a great many individuals: the clerks responsible for guarding the treasure, members of (and those excluded from) the Hangmen's Guild, common criminals and criminal masterminds, street performers, public house owners and their patrons, and, of course, the humble parishioners of Athelstan's church, St. Erconwald's.

Deaths pile up, all seemingly related to the theft, though that connection is often tenuous. Watching Athelstan and Sir John work their way through this complicated puzzle is deeply engaging, and the many individuals with whom they cross paths are interesting characters in their own right. If you enjoy historical mysteries that reward in terms of both cast and plotting, you have much to look forward to in The Hanging Tree.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from Severn House via NetGalley; the opinions are my own. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | May 10, 2022 |
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London. January, 1382. The Crown's treasury has been robbed. Tens of thousands of silver and gold coin mysteriously lifted from the most secure chamber in the kingdom; the five Clerks of the Dark who guarded the king's treasure brutally garrotted. Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan are appointed to investigate - but Athelstan has problems of his own. Clement the Key Master, who helped fashion the complex locks to the royal treasure chamber, has been found strangled in the nave of Athelstan's parish, St Erconwald's church. At the same time, six of the city's hangmen have been savagely murdered, their bodies stripped. Pinned to each corpse is a scrawled note: "Vengeance! The Upright Men never forget!" The Guild of Hangmen who frequent the majestic tavern, The Hanging Tree, on the River Thames, have petitioned for Sir John and Brother Athelstan to find the culprit. But have the sleuthing pair taken on more than they can handle ... and could the two investigations be connected?

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