Doherty’s stand-alones

With the return of several television shows after the end of the writers’ strike and the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, I’ll have less time to read over the next couple weeks.  So I’ve decided to use some of the material I wrote several years ago for a bibliographic guide to historical mysteries.  Since Mr. Paul Doherty has been such a prolific author, I can spend almost a whole week just describing his many works.  Today I’ll feature his stand-alone books, most of which focus upon specific real-life mysteries. 

The Fate of Princes looks at the death of the princes in the Tower, Edward and Richard.  These sons of Edward IV were allegedly killed by their uncle, Richard III, in 1483 in order to allow him to gain control of the English crown.  An even better examination of this mystery is Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time.  Tey’s book is frequently cited by HM fans and authors and the book that got them interested in the genre, although others don’t even consider it a historical mystery at all because its setting is split between past and present.

Doherty’s The Masked Man looks at the mystery of the man in the mask, the French prisoner during the reign of Louis XIV in the 17th century.  He was forced to always wear an iron mask and was never permitted to speak, but Doherty’s hero, English rogue Ralph Croft manages to gather bits of information from those who knew the man.

Doherty has written fictionalized accounts of the death of Edward II (The Death of a King) and William II (The Death of the Red King).  He’s also attempted non-fiction accounts of Edward II again (Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II), Tutankhamun (The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun) and Alexander the Great (Alexander the Great: death of a god). 

The last of the stand-alones I’ll mention is The Plague Lord set in China during the 13th century when Marco Polo was visiting the court of Kublai Khan.  Secret societies and political intrigue are the main features of this compelling story.

Tomorrow we begin our look at the many pseudonyms of Paul Doherty.

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