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1286 and on a storm-ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande. He never reaches his final destination as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them both crashing to their death on cruel rocks. The Scottish throne is left vacant of any real heir and immediately the great European princes and th1286 and on a storm-ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande. He never reaches his final destination as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them both crashing to their death on cruel rocks. The Scottish throne is left vacant of any real heir and immediately the great European princes and the powerful nobles of Alexander's kingdom start fighting for the glittering prize. The Chancellor of England, Burnell, ever mindful of the interest his king, Edward I, has in Scotland, sends his faithful clerk, Hugh Corbett, to report on the chaotic situation at the Scottish court. Concerned that a connection exists between the king's death and those now desirous of taking the Scottish throne, Corbett is drawn into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy and danger....

Title : The Crown in Darkness
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ISBN : 9780747235057
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 187 Pages
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The Crown in Darkness Reviews

  • Ingrid
    2019-06-08 09:24

    Another Hugh Corbett mystery that I enjoyed.

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    2019-06-10 16:24

    In this book, Hugh Corbett solves another medieval mystery. This time Hugh Corbett went to Scotland following the 'accidental' death of Alexander III of Scotland to investigate the circumstances on behalf of the Chancellor. I really enjoyed the medieval nature of the plot and especially the journey to the dark forest in Scotland to visit the Picts, often referred to as pixies, goblins or elves. "Once they were a proud people and ruled the greater part of Scotland but the Celts, the Angles, the Saxons and the Normans drove them from their lands into the dark vastness of the forests."I thoroughly recommend this author to anyone who enjoys medieval mystery and intrigue.

  • Andrew Doohan
    2019-06-07 15:06

    Another historically set mystery to be confronted by our hero, Hugh Corbett, clerk to the King's Bench, this novel sees Corbett thrust into international intrigue along with the expected murder and mayhem.Sent into Scotland after the untimely death of King Alexander III, Corbett has been instructed to find out what happened, and what that might mean for England and her sovereign, Edward I. The only problem is that Corbett, like many of people who find themselves in similar situations, isn't told the full story, which leads to suspicion and threats against his own life.A thoroughly engaging yarn, made all the more so because of the use of historical characters and historical settings. Highly recommended.

  • Joan
    2019-05-29 10:31

    Set during the reign of Edward I of England, clerk Hugh Corbett is sent to Scotland to investigate the death of Alexander III, King of Scotland. Although short and to the point, I didn't think the narrative was consistent. The story line seemed a bit sloppy in places.

  • Kimberly Kline
    2019-06-14 11:06

    While I love historical mysteries, a medieval England and Scotland setting is new to me! Took awhile to get into the time period, but once I did, I enjoyed the mystery and the "detective", Hugh Corbett. Have already started another book in the series!

  • Lili Kyurkchiyska
    2019-06-06 13:22

    Обикновено давам 3 на Дохърти, но този път лекото и безмилостно боравене с мистерията, без изобщо да се променя нещо в историческия контекст, ми позволява да го оценя по-високо.

  • Rose Lambert
    2019-06-17 10:22

    Marvellous.A great book with a lot of feisty and turns. I could not put it down until I finished it

  • Donna
    2019-05-25 15:28

    Read again 02/24/14 for Maze Mystery discussion on 3/4/14.Both Philip of France and Edward of England want control over Scotland. Then the Scottish king dies. Was it an accident...or murder.I got annoyed in this book with the fact that Doherty does not use the convention of dialog by different characters being broken into paragraphs. Long pages of text could be daunting, though they were actually detailed conversations. I don't know why he chose this form or if it is more regularly seen in England.

  • Kalendra Dee
    2019-06-19 10:06

    In 1286, King Alexander III of Scotland left a dinner party and was fatally thrown form his horse on his way back to his castle. Leaving no heirs, the throne may be up for grabs between two powerful Scottish families. Hugh Corbett is dispatched to Scotland to find out if the fall was an accident or murder. Far from the protection of the English Crown, Corbett is soon fighting for his life as an assassin dogs his every move. He realizes that Scottish politics can be even more deadly than English ones!

  • henrys-axe
    2019-05-24 11:31

    I always enjoy a well written, well researched historical novel. Add a bit of mystery, crime or murder and you have a perfect formula for author Paul Doherty. His knowledge of this period of history is legendary and obvious to the reader. Was there an Alexander III? Yes! Was he murdered? There is no absolute evidence for regicide or accident. Doherty takes advantage of this gap in Scottish history and weaves a story that takes the reader back some 800 years getting a glimpse of 13th century politics and court intrigue. Another good read from this prolific author.

  • Carole Moran
    2019-06-02 08:02

    A good book with a good plot, several red herrings, a lot of twists and turns. It covers the time of the death of Alexander III, King of Scotland, which was supposedly an accident, but Doherty gives the alternate possibily--murder. I had never read of the details involved and had taken the accident theory as absolute, but this book provides a different, and real, possibility. A good read for history lovers.

  • Jet
    2019-06-02 10:04

    The writing style is at times too simplistic, or rather, superficial for my liking. It is rather like a more grown-up version of Hardy Boys, albeit set a few hundred years before. But this book tickled my fancy because it took an inexplicable event in history (King Alexander of Scotland's untimely death) and ran with it. Although I wish the plot could be more sophisticated, and characters more dimensional, it serves well as a random on-the-bus-journey read.

  • Sienna
    2019-06-14 12:08

    The endless paragraphs, even for dialogue, take a bit to get used to but this story really moves once it catches you. Vivid characters from villain to hero -- & sometimes it's hard to tell, in a most realistic way.

  • Scott
    2019-06-06 13:23

    A fun romp through the reign of Edward the I. I watched the series, A History of Briton, before I read this story. That helped quite a bit with the history. I'm actually interested in digging deeper into the death of Alexander III.Recommended for a light, fun read with substance.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-01 11:18

    Crown in Darkness (Linford Mystery) by P. C. Doherty (1999)

  • John Lee
    2019-06-07 13:12

    Thoroughly enjoyable. A glimpse into Scottish history and the intigues of the English Court.

  • Winnie
    2019-06-19 09:11

    Hugh Corbett's second outing and every bit as enjoyable as his first. A good read.

  • Pat
    2019-06-13 08:11

    Lots of history and some twists and turns. Didn't like the format: no paragraph breaks for conversations.

  • KathyPetersen
    2019-05-23 11:26

    See Satan at St. Mary's. I wanted to give Hugh Corbett another chance, but I won't go any further with him.

  • Rosalind Hoenig
    2019-05-26 13:14

    A compelling twist on the theory of the death of King Alexander of Scotland. Well written, well thought out!