Doherty’s recent and forthcoming works

If you think I’ve covered all of Paul Doherty’s works this week, you are mistaken.  I didn’t mention the three-book series featuring 15th century English soldier Matthew Jankyn, his non-fiction works on Elizabeth I or the crown jewel robbery of 1303, or his historical fiction/romance work written as Vanessa Alexander.

At the age of 62, he’s certainly not slowing down too much.  Last summer saw the second entry in a new series featuring Mathilde of Westminster, physician and former lady-in-waiting to Edward II’s consort Isabella (The Poison Maiden).  The action mostly takes place in early 14th century London.  Last winter saw the debut of yet another series; this one based on the foundation of the Templars in 1096 Jerusalem.  Doherty has written about the Templars before, specifically in the first installment of his older series based on the Canterbury Tales (An Ancient Evil).  In April 2008, the fourth book in his relatively new Roman Empire series is due to be published in the UK (Murder’s Immortal Mask).  The main character here is again a woman, Claudia, secret agent for Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. Unfortunately, I have not read any of the books in these newer series. 

In August 2008, the 16th Hugh Corbett adventure hits bookstores (Nightshade).  This is Doherty’s best known series in which Corbett, a clerk and spy for Edward I, and his assistant, Ranulf, perform special services for the king and rise in the court to ever increasing levels of treachery.  These books, especially the early ones, are a bit more gritty and tough than most historical mysteries.  I have read the first thirteen in the series, one of my favorites.  I don’t understand why my local libraries stopped getting them, but I’m ordering them through interlibrary loan so I can keep up.

Finally, it appears that Doherty is returning to Egypt yet again with his December 2008 publication of The Secret of Sobeck.  I have not been able to find out any information about this title, but Sobek was the Egyptian crocodile god.

As I wrote earlier in the week, Paul Doherty is one of the best in this genre.  With stories set in England, Rome, China, Greece and Egypt, across many different time periods and with a variety of characters, a newcomer to historical mysteries will certainly find something of interest to them among his library of titles and will not be disappointed.

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