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The Book of Fires
by Paul Doherty


Overview - An intriguing medieval mystery featuring sleuthing monk Brother Athelstan

February, 1381. A ruthless killer known as the Ignifer - Fire Bringer - is rampaging through London, bringing agonising death and destruction in his wake.  Read more...


 
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Overview
An intriguing medieval mystery featuring sleuthing monk Brother Athelstan

February, 1381. A ruthless killer known as the Ignifer - Fire Bringer - is rampaging through London, bringing agonising death and destruction in his wake. He appears to be targeting all those involved in the recent trial and conviction of the beautiful Lady Isolda Beaumont, burned at the stake for the murder of her husband. As the late Sir Walter Beaumont was a close friend of the Regent, John of Gaunt orders Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan to investigate.

In the dead man's possession was a copy of the mysterious 'Book of Fires', containing the secret formula of a devastating weapon, the so-called Greek Fire. The manuscript has since disappeared, and Gaunt is desperate for it not to fall into the hands of the Upright Men, who are busy plotting the Great Revolt.

Was Isolda really guilty of murder? Who is the terrifying Fire Bringer - and what does he want? Brother Athelstan is about to tackle his most challenging, and potentially dangerous, case yet.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781780290669
  • ISBN-10: 1780290667
  • Publisher: Creme de La Crime
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 230
  • Dimensions: 8.74 x 5.71 x 0.97 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.97 pounds

Series: Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery #12

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Brother Athelstan has a miracle to puzzle over in Doherty’s superior 14th whodunit featuring the insightful medieval sleuth (after 2013’s Candle Flame). But before Athelstan can determine how a man was suddenly cured of horrific burns, he must stop a sadistic killer known as the Ignifer. The vengeful Ignifer appears to be using Greek fire to fatally roast those responsible for the execution of Lady Isolda Beaumont, who was burnt at the stake for poisoning her husband. Sir Walter Beaumont was an adventurer rumored to possess The Book of Fires, which contains the secret formula for a deadly weapon. After an attempt is made on the lives of Athelstan and the Lord High Coroner of London, the priest redoubles his efforts to crack the case. The clues are in plain sight, but only the cleverest readers will identify the Ignifer before Athelstan does. Agent: David Headley, David Headley Literary Agency (U.K.). (Jan.)

 
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