The Nightingale Gallery

The Nightingale Gallery In the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness closely followed by his father King Edward III The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy the future Richard II and

In 1376, the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy, the future Richard II, and the great nobles gather like hungry wolves round the empty throne A terrible power struggle threatens the country, and one of London s powerful merchant princes is foully mIn 1376, the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy, the future Richard II, and the great nobles gather like hungry wolves round the empty throne A terrible power struggle threatens the country, and one of London s powerful merchant princes is foully murdered within a few days of the old king s death Coroner Sir John Cranston and Dominican monk Brother Athelstan are ordered to investigate As others associated with Springall are found dead, Cranston and Athelstan are drawn ever deeper into a dark web of intrigue

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body

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  1. I have always very much enjoyed Paul Donerty s Hugh Corbett series of Mediaeval murder mysteries of course not nearly as much as Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael or Susanna Gregory s Matthew Bartholomew series, but Hugh Corbett is indeed a delightful and personable sleuth, his diverse mysteries are historically intriguing, exceedingly meticulously researched, logical in set up and presentation, and the author s, Paul Doherty s writing style, while perhaps sometimes a trifle slow moving and thus a bi [...]

  2. I like the title of this series Not being a Catholic, I had to look up Sorrowful Mysteries they re one of the sets of Mysteries used when praying the Rosary.The book has an interesting setting London, just after the death of Edward III John of Gaunt seems to be mixed up in the murder, although I didn t get far enough along to find out how In addition to Brother Athelstan we are quickly introduced to a cat, a widow, a coroner, a criminal taking sanctuary in Athelstan s church, a corrupt Justice, [...]

  3. The medieval clerical mystery seems to be a sub genre all its own, with dozens of series centered around monks, friars, nuns, monasteries, abbeys and the like Though The Cadfael Chronicles are still my favorite, I am enjoying this series that takes place in 14th century London The author s descriptions erase any bit of romantic notions about medieval life, and I tire a bit reading about the stinking, putrid, nauseating, etc etc etc sites and smells of London But Brother Athelstan is a worthy wor [...]

  4. This is the probably the most mixed review i ve had to give a book in quite a while Anyone who follows my reviews knows that i m not overly difficult to please I simply like to be entertained when I read a story, however right up until the last page I was set to give this one only 2 stars, possibly my first 2 star review for the year.So first, the bad I expected a lot from this book as I d seen Doherty praised, a lot, in mystery lover circles, and historical crime novels particularly those set i [...]

  5. I m partial to historical mysteries, but the last few that I tried out were only so so, possibly because their settings were too recent Victorian England This one is set in the 14th century, so the sense of exoticism underscored with a lived in earthiness that makes such settings appealing to me is or less a given Brother Athelstan is monk with a troubled past and he s been given charge of a London slum full of harlots, ne er do wells and humble tradesmen He s also been made clerk to a ribald, [...]

  6. Another piece of candy for my historical mystery addiction I love historical mysteries, use them as a candy fix, and The Nightingale Gallery didn t disappoint This story takes place in the late 14th century and the author was able to give you a good picture of life during those times I am not too familiar with this period in history when John of Gaunt is regent for the young crown prince Richard II and I would have liked a bit of the politics going on behind the scenes A Dominican priest, Broth [...]

  7. This book was hard to finish.1 The relationship between the protagonists Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston was not developed adequately.2 On the one hand, there were enough anachronisms did anyone say no problem in the 14th century and on the other hand, the author told us so often about the ordure in the streets, that I was almost constantly distracted.Not my cup of teachokengtitik

    titikchokengs The Kindle version has numerous typographic errors omissions, duplications, etc The publishe [...]

  8. I quite enjoyed this pre Medieval romp It s the first in a series with this protagonist, Brother Athelstan, and I have a feeling once the author relaxes into his characters and setting they ll only get better This one, set at the beginning of the reign of Edward II in the late 1300s, had an mix of historical accuracy and modern day crime solving I was quite taken with the descriptions of the squalor of the life for the ordinary people, amongst whom Athelstan has chosen to spend his days The crim [...]

  9. Someone mentioned to me a while back that historical mysteries were proliferating like mad and I didn t really grasp how true this is This is yet another in a series, this time set in medieval London It s the first, and throughout I was making some allowances for it being a first novel, as it seemed a bit rough in places then at the end I discover it s the first of this series but that the author has written several other stories set in the period Hmm It s not bad, really, and I certainly can t [...]

  10. I read this book because I really enjoyed Paul Doherty s Hugh Corbett series which was set around 1300 in England Unfortunately, I did not like this first instalment of the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan The main character is OK but he works with an extremely vulgar coroner who is constantly stuffing his face, burping and farting and being similarly vulgar Don t know why Doherty had to create such a repulsive character Maybe he had feedback that the Hugh Corbett character was overly se [...]

  11. A drunken coroner and a penitent friar set out to uncover the murder of one of the most powerful men in England Edward III has just died and his son, Lord Gaunt, is regent to the heir, 10 year old Richard And that s about as good as it gets Some scenes successfully pulled me into the period, such as the description of the heads of those condemned of treason slammed on to poles for the ravens to peck at Overall, the mystery just isn t that intriguing The characters are one dimensional and the dia [...]

  12. Love this series with Athelstan and the fat drunken Coroner Cranston I also like the time period in which the series is set, when Richard II was a young boy and the Regency was controlled by John of Gaunt Lots of political politiking going on then My favorite mystery author, whose books are hard to find in this country I remember vacationing in London just so I could buy his books.

  13. Paul Harding fait ici une fois encore la preuve de son talent A la fois d historien et de conteur Toutefois, cet opus n a pas le sel de ses autres histoires et cela bien que les personnages sont toujours truculents et l ambiance de la vieille cit de Londres de la guerre de Cent Ans rendue avec beaucoup de pr cision, sans tre en rien g nant au d roulement de l intrigue.

  14. I liked it, but can t really pinpoint why It is not the best told story And there could be much improvement on various things But for some reason, I enjoyed it enough to finish it rather quickly and would read the next book shrug

  15. Pleasant enough, but it drives me nuts when the vital clue upon which a mystery hinges is kept from the reader Might give the series a second chance, but not .

  16. Perhaps an excessive amount of description of the filth of 14th century London I did not feel that the plot moved from discovery to discovery particularly well.

  17. A friar and the king s coroner in London solving murder mystery circa 1330 Lifestyle details are very realistic crude.

  18. OK, but not another Cadfael.A bit of a disappointment I was expecting something similar to Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael and found a much less enticing read Too few of hte characters were in any way likeable and, while there were plenty of historical details that demostrated how unpleasant life was in mediaeval England, it did not ring quite true I m sorry abut this I wanted to like this book.

  19. A fun take on 14th century England So real you can smell the foul odors from the crowded city of London A surprisingly deeply researched book and i look forward to reading some of the series It is a good mystery tale, but I really enjoyed the historical touches the author brings into the story Highly recommended.

  20. Really enjoyed this.I think the best way to describe the series is if you imagine that it is Brother Cadfael but written by John Dickson Carr.Medieval mysteries with an impossible crime angle.The solution to this one was clever and I look forward to reading .Recommended

  21. Set in 1377 as Edward III dies and is succeeded by ten year old Richard II Well written with lots of disgusting Dickensian detail about the festering streets of London I suspected the murderer because I knew view spoiler the patron saint of shoemakers hide spoiler Well crafted story.

  22. La Galerie du Rossignol est arriv e moi compl tement par hasard Je l ai re u dans le cadre d une offre Deux livres 10 18 achet s, un livre 10 18 offert , sans l avoir choisi Je ne connaissais ni Paul Doherty qui est pourtant une sommit dans le genre du policier historique ni la collection Grands D tectives J avais donc toutes les raisons d entrer dans ce livre sans a priori Quelle bonne surprise encore une fois J ai particuli rement appr ci le livre, et ce pour plusieurs raisons La premi re est [...]

  23. It s has been quite awhile since I last read a Paul Doherty historical mystery so I had forgotten his ability to transport magically to a specific time and place with his descriptive narrative Sadly though, the story is set in the Middle Ages where the smell of body sweat, rotting sewage and general unhygienic practices reminds me how lucky humankind was in overcoming the various viral diseases and bacterial infections that plagued us Once my sense of smell recovered from the descriptive onslaug [...]

  24. Die Gallerie der Nachtigallen ist der erste Band in einer Krimiserie um ein au ergew hnliches Ermittlerpaar Sir John Cranston, Coroner des K nigs, und Bruder Athelstan, sein Schreiber, werden mit der Aufkl rung eines Mordes an einem reichen Goldschmied im mittelalterlichen London beauftragt Die Handlung fand ich logisch, aber nicht berm ig spannend F r meinen Geschmack haben die beiden Ermittler zu lange gebraucht, um die richtigen Fragen zu stellen Sir John und Athelstan sind sehr sympathisch, [...]

  25. It was fun to reread the first in one of my favorite historical mystery series I first read this one so long ago I didn t remember anything about the plot, but I do recall that it took me awhile to get hooked on this series I think it was partially the language, the beliefs of the time, and the fact that author Paul Doherty so accurately portrays a time and place when life was truly nasty, brutal and often short You have to be in the right mood to stalk the filthy, teeming, raucous and dangerous [...]

  26. A medieval whodunitBrother Athelstan, a Dominican friar, has been sent by the church to minister at a crumbling church in the slums of London as penance for past sins As another part of his penance, he has also been ordered to serve under the King s Coroner Sir John Cranston as a clerk.The two men are set on a case of murder by the King Regent and uncle of Richard the II John of Gaunt, that has taken place in the Springall mansion, where the manipulative Lord Springall has been poisoned.As the c [...]

  27. Vor 10, 15 Jahren h tte ich dem Buch bestimmt noch 4 Sterne gegeben Ich habe die B cher damals verschlungen, aber auch jetzt reicht s noch locker f r 3 Sterne Dieser r lpsende, furzende, saufende Coroner und sein Schreiber haben es mir einfach angetan Klar gibt s viele Stereotypen aber Harding schafft es auch, das mittelalterliche London mit all seinen Schrecken, seinem Dreck usw lebendig zu machen OHNE mit seinem Wissen anzugeben Richtig spannend ist die Geschichte nicht, aber das wird durch ei [...]

  28. A friar being punished by his prior serves as the clerk to the coroner in John of Gaunt s London They are called to investigate the death of a rich merchant which would seem to be open and shut disgruntled servant poisons then hangs himself More residents of the house end up dead and the two investigators become curious Plotting is weird lots of intuition and hidden clues You see them discover things but not what they discover I liked the characters so may give it another try, but not super impr [...]

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