The Song of a Dark Angel Paperback
by Paul Doherty
November 1302, and Sir Hugh Corbett, Edward I's Keeper of the Secret Seal, together with his manservant, Ranulf, and messenger, Maltote, are sent to Mortlake Manor on the Norfolk coast to confront an evil rarely seen before.
A man's headless corpse, its head impaled on a pole, has been found on a beach and the pretty young wife of a local baker is discovered hanging from a gallows.
The scene is set for more gruesome deaths and Corbett soon realises that the icy wastes of Norfolk, where the eerie song of the Dark Angel wind chills those that live in the small villages along the coast, are just as treacherous as the silken intrigue at the royal court or the violence of London's fetid alleyways...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 249 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 29/09/1994
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747244325
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Review by Carpe_Librum
It's 1302 and Hugh Corbett, King Edward I's Keeper of the Secret Seal, is sent to Norfolk to investigate a series of murders. Again, this novel is based on fact and has been well researched.The Pastoureaux (or Shepherds Movement) of France are part of the plot, and the Children's Crusade is also mentioned. A dark but fascinating part of history I wasn't aware of prior to reading this book and was inspired to research afterwards.The loss of King Johns treasure at the Wash in 1216 is also a large part of the plot, as rumours and myths surrounding the treasure are rife and some characters devote their lives to searching to uncovering the mystery.Overall, another satisfying medieval mystery.
Review by stuart10er
Set in 1300, Hugh Corbett is sent to Norfolk to assist in the search for the murderers of some locals as well as investigate a religious cult. Not really a very good mystery - perhaps I've just read too many Cadfael books.