Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Review – Paul DOHERTY – “The Darkening Glass”

Year Published: - 2009
Where the book was from:- Pensby Library
ISBN: - 978-0-7553-3852-8
Pages: - 304pp
Genre: - Historical crime
Location:- Northern England in the year 1312
How I came across it: - On the new books shelf
Rating: - ***** ***
One sentence summary:- Edward II is in conflict with his Earls over his favouritism towards the Gascon, Gaveston, and everywhere that Gaveston goes his faithful retainers drop like flies; deaths investigated at the King’s request by Mathilde of Westminster.

General comments:-
This is not just a cosy historical crime novel – it is too well-researched to be called that. The use of language, the way in which the atmosphere is set and the detail in the book all demonstrate Doherty’s love of history and his knowledge of his subject. His skill at creating a who-dunnit is equally good and the mystery of who is carrying out the murders and why is maintained right to the end.

I shall certainly be seeking out more Paul Doherty books in the near future.

Paul DOHERTY see :- The Templar


  1. I have read one Doherty and had a similar response. The history feels very solid, he's also on my list of authors to read more of.

  2. Thanks for reviewing this book. Somehow I had not heard of it. I really enjoy historical fiction, but only when the history is well researched and integrated into the plot. I like mysteries, too. Unfortunately I find a lot of both of those genres that are not very well done these days. I'm excited to read this.
    I like your new rating system, BTW.
    Thank you again.


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