A Canterbury Tales medieval mystery - As Chaucer s pilgrims shelter for the night, it s the physician s turn to enthral his fellow travellers with a terrifying tale.
When Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen are summoned to the Church of St Michael s, Candlewick, to perform an exorcism, the demons that plague the church appear to have been summoned by an infamous sorcerer known as the Midnight Man.
But what has he unwittingly unleashed and why? Is there any link to the disappearance of young women in the area?
Before Anselm can get to the truth, he must first uncover the identity of the mysterious Midnight Man."
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/05/2012
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9781780290263
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Review by Romonko
This is another entry in Doherty's Canterbury Mystery series. The series features each of Chaucer's pilgrims telling a tale of horror and sorrow at different inns along the way on their pilgrimmage to Canterbury. In this one we are treated to a chilling story of horror and haunting told by the Physician in the group. The physician tells a truly frightening story about hauntings that occurred in around St. Michael's Church in Candlewick. Young women are disappearing, people are dying and the church is haunted by numerous malevolent spirits. Brother Anselm and his young acolyte Stephen have been summoned to the church to perform an exorcism, but what they find there is so terrifying and so dangerous that both their lives as well as lives of the people who are helping them are threatened. This is a very dark tale with many graphic ghostly scenes. In fact, there are so many nightmarish happenings during the course of the book, that it is hard to keep the real occurrences from all the hauntings. It is difficult for Anselm and Stephen to separate the two as well. As usual, as with all Doherty books, the settings and the characters are very clearly described. It puts the reader right in the middle of the action. If you like your medieval mysteries to be complex and realistic, as well as frightening, this series of Doherty's is for you.