The Waxman Murders
In 1272 Henry III died with the new king, Edward I, in the Holy Land. Back in England there was a breakdown of law and order. On the high seas piracy was rife, and on land, robber gangs roamed the countryside. Add to this the rumour of a fabulous treasure, a mysterious map purporting to tell where it is, and you have the bones of a murder mystery par excellence. In December 1303, Sir Hugh Corbett rides in to Canterbury to examine the case of Adelicia Decontet, who is accused of murdering her husband. That same night four people are found hanging in a local manor house which is locked, barred and guarded by the City Guard with no signs of forced entry, and Sir Hugh finds himself with more on his hands than the death of one man.
Paul Doherty has taken one small fact and woven a complex story around it. His characters interact and weave in and out of the plot with ease, while his descriptions of the streets, the smells, the food and clothes, etc., add detail and colour, which result in an intriguing tale.
A book to curl up with by the fire and thoroughly enjoy.