The Nightingale Gallery

The Nightingale Gallery In the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness closely followed by his father King Edward III The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy the future Richard II and

  • Title: The Nightingale Gallery
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780747237259
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1376, the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy, the future Richard II, and the great nobles gather like hungry wolves round the empty throne A terrible power struggle threatens the country, and one of London s powerful merchant princes is foully mIn 1376, the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy, the future Richard II, and the great nobles gather like hungry wolves round the empty throne A terrible power struggle threatens the country, and one of London s powerful merchant princes is foully murdered within a few days of the old king s death Coroner Sir John Cranston and Dominican monk Brother Athelstan are ordered to investigate As others associated with Springall are found dead, Cranston and Athelstan are drawn ever deeper into a dark web of intrigue

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    1. I have always very much enjoyed Paul Donerty's Hugh Corbett series of Mediaeval murder mysteries (of course not nearly as much as Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael or Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew series, but Hugh Corbett is indeed a delightful and personable sleuth, his diverse mysteries are historically intriguing, exceedingly meticulously researched, logical in set-up and presentation, and the author's, Paul Doherty's writing style, while perhaps sometimes a trifle slow moving and thus a [...]

    2. I like the title of this series. Not being a Catholic, I had to look up "Sorrowful Mysteries" - they're one of the sets of Mysteries used when praying the Rosary.The book has an interesting setting: London, just after the death of Edward III. John of Gaunt seems to be mixed up in the murder, although I didn't get far enough along to find out how. In addition to Brother Athelstan we are quickly introduced to a cat, a widow, a coroner, a criminal taking sanctuary in Athelstan's church, a corrupt J [...]

    3. The medieval clerical mystery seems to be a sub-genre all its own, with dozens of series centered around monks, friars, nuns, monasteries, abbeys and the like. Though The Cadfael Chronicles are still my favorite, I am enjoying this series that takes place in 14th century London. The author's descriptions erase any bit of romantic notions about medieval life, and I tire a bit reading about the stinking, putrid, nauseating, etc etc etc sites and smells of London. But Brother Athelstan is a worthy [...]

    4. This is the probably the most mixed review i've had to give a book in quite a while. Anyone who follows my reviews knows that i'm not overly difficult to please - I simply like to be entertained when I read a story, however right up until the last page I was set to give this one only 2 stars, possibly my first 2-star review for the year.So first, the bad:I expected a lot from this book as I'd seen Doherty praised, a lot, in mystery lover circles, and historical crime novels - particularly those [...]

    5. I'm partial to historical mysteries, but the last few that I tried out were only so-so, possibly because their settings were too recent - Victorian England. This one is set in the 14th century, so the sense of exoticism underscored with a lived-in earthiness that makes such settings appealing to me is more or less a given. Brother Athelstan is monk with a troubled past and he's been given charge of a London slum full of harlots, ne-er do wells and humble tradesmen. He's also been made clerk to a [...]

    6. Another piece of “candy” for my historical mystery addiction. I love historical mysteries, use them as a candy fix, and The Nightingale Gallery didn’t disappoint. This story takes place in the late 14th century and the author was able to give you a good picture of life during those times. I am not too familiar with this period in history when John of Gaunt is regent for the young crown prince (Richard II) and I would have liked a bit more of the politics going on behind the scenes. A Domin [...]

    7. This book was hard to finish.1. The relationship between the protagonists (Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston) was not developed adequately.2. On the one hand, there were enough anachronisms (did anyone say "no problem" in the 14th century?) and on the other hand, the author told us so often about the ordure in the streets, that I was almost constantly distracted.Not my cup of tea.p.s. The Kindle version has numerous typographic errors (omissions, duplications, etc.). The publisher needs to [...]

    8. Първата книга от цикъла, с която май трябваше да почна, между другото, е доста добра, по-добра от шестата, която четох наскоро. Тук авторът ни запознава със скромния абат и дебелия коронер и започва да работи взаимовръзките между двамата. Описанията на Лондон са по-малко и по- [...]

    9. I quite enjoyed this pre-Medieval romp. It's the first in a series with this protagonist, Brother Athelstan, and I have a feeling once the author relaxes into his characters and setting they'll only get better. This one, set at the beginning of the reign of Edward II in the late 1300s, had an mix of historical accuracy and modern day crime solving. I was quite taken with the descriptions of the squalor of the life for the ordinary people, amongst whom Athelstan has chosen to spend his days. The [...]

    10. Someone mentioned to me a while back that historical mysteries were proliferating like mad and I didn’t really grasp how true this is. This is yet another in a series, this time set in medieval London. It’s the first, and throughout I was making some allowances for it being a first novel, as it seemed a bit rough in places; then at the end I discover it’s the first of this series but that the author has written several other stories set in the period. Hmm. It’s not bad, really, and I cer [...]

    11. I read this book because I really enjoyed Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett series which was set around 1300 in England. Unfortunately, I did not like this first instalment of the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan. The main character is OK but he works with an extremely vulgar coroner who is constantly stuffing his face, burping and farting and being similarly vulgar. Don't know why Doherty had to create such a repulsive character. Maybe he had feedback that the Hugh Corbett character was overl [...]

    12. A drunken coroner and a penitent friar set out to uncover the murder of one of the most powerful men in England. Edward III has just died and his son, Lord Gaunt, is regent to the heir, 10 year old Richard. And that's about as good as it gets. Some scenes successfully pulled me into the period, such as the description of the heads of those condemned of treason slammed on to poles for the ravens to peck at. Overall, the mystery just isn't that intriguing. The characters are one-dimensional and th [...]

    13. Love this series with Athelstan and the fat drunken Coroner Cranston. I also like the time period in which the series is set, when Richard II was a young boy and the Regency was controlled by John of Gaunt. Lots of political politiking going on then. My favorite mystery author, whose books are hard to find in this country. I remember vacationing in London just so I could buy his books.

    14. Paul Harding fait ici une fois encore la preuve de son talent. A la fois d'historien et de conteur. Toutefois, cet opus n'a pas le sel de ses autres histoires et cela bien que les personnages sont toujours truculents et l'ambiance de la vieille cité de Londres de la guerre de Cent-Ans rendue avec beaucoup de précision, sans être en rien gênant au déroulement de l'intrigue.

    15. I liked it, but can't really pinpoint why. It is not the best told story. And there could be much improvement on various things. But for some reason, I enjoyed it enough to finish it rather quickly and would read the next book. *shrug*

    16. Pleasant enough, but it drives me nuts when the vital clue upon which a mystery hinges is kept from the reader. Might give the series a second chance, but not more.

    17. Perhaps an excessive amount of description of the filth of 14th century London. I did not feel that the plot moved from discovery to discovery particularly well.

    18. A friar and the king's coroner in London solving murder mystery circa 1330. Lifestyle details are very realistic; crude.

    19. OK, but not another Cadfael.A bit of a disappointment. I was expecting something similar to Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael and found a much less enticing read. Too few of hte characters were in any way likeable and, while there were plenty of historical details that demostrated how unpleasant life was in mediaeval England, it did not ring quite true. I'm sorry abut this. I wanted to like this book.

    20. A fun take on 14th century England. So real you can smell the foul odors from the crowded city of London. A surprisingly deeply researched book and i look forward to reading some more of the series. It is a good mystery tale, but I really enjoyed the historical touches the author brings into the story. Highly recommended .

    21. Really enjoyed this.I think the best way to describe the series is if you imagine that it is Brother Cadfael but written by John Dickson Carr.Medieval mysteries with an impossible crime angle.The solution to this one was clever and I look forward to reading more.Recommended!

    22. Set in 1377 as Edward III dies and is succeeded by ten-year-old Richard II. Well written with lots of disgusting Dickensian detail about the festering streets of London. I suspected the murderer because I knew (view spoiler)[the patron saint of shoemakers (hide spoiler)]. Well crafted story.

    23. La Galerie du Rossignol est arrivée à moi complètement par hasard. Je l'ai reçu dans le cadre d'une offre « Deux livres 10/18 achetés, un livre 10/18 offert », sans l'avoir choisi. Je ne connaissais ni Paul Doherty (qui est pourtant une sommité dans le genre du policier historique!) ni la collection Grands Détectives. J'avais donc toutes les raisons d'entrer dans ce livre sans a priori. Quelle bonne surprise encore une fois ! J'ai particulièrement apprécié le livre, et ce pour plusie [...]

    24. It's has been quite awhile since I last read a Paul Doherty historical mystery so I had forgotten his ability to transport magically to a specific time and place with his descriptive narrative. Sadly though, the story is set in the Middle Ages where the smell of body sweat, rotting sewage and general unhygienic practices reminds me how lucky humankind was in overcoming the various viral diseases and bacterial infections that plagued us. Once my sense of smell recovered from the descriptive onsla [...]

    25. "Die Gallerie der Nachtigallen" ist der erste Band in einer Krimiserie um ein außergewöhnliches Ermittlerpaar. Sir John Cranston, Coroner des Königs, und Bruder Athelstan, sein Schreiber, werden mit der Aufklärung eines Mordes an einem reichen Goldschmied im mittelalterlichen London beauftragt. Die Handlung fand ich logisch, aber nicht übermäßig spannend. Für meinen Geschmack haben die beiden Ermittler zu lange gebraucht, um die richtigen Fragen zu stellen. Sir John und Athelstan sind se [...]

    26. It was fun to reread the first in one of my favorite historical mystery series; I first read this one so long ago I didn't remember anything about the plot, but I do recall that it took me awhile to get hooked on this series. I think it was partially the language, the beliefs of the time, and the fact that author Paul Doherty so accurately portrays a time and place when life was truly nasty, brutal and often short. You have to be in the right mood to stalk the filthy, teeming, raucous and danger [...]

    27. A medieval whodunitBrother Athelstan, a Dominican friar, has been sent by the church to minister at a crumbling church in the slums of London as penance for past sins. As another part of his penance, he has also been ordered to serve under the King's Coroner Sir John Cranston as a clerk.The two men are set on a case of murder by the King Regent and uncle of Richard the II John of Gaunt, that has taken place in the Springall mansion, where the manipulative Lord Springall has been poisoned.As the [...]

    28. Vor 10, 15 Jahren hätte ich dem Buch bestimmt noch 4 Sterne gegeben. Ich habe die Bücher damals verschlungen, aber auch jetzt reicht's noch locker für 3 Sterne. Dieser rülpsende, furzende, saufende Coroner und sein Schreiber haben es mir einfach angetan. Klar gibt's viele Stereotypen - aber Harding schafft es auch, das mittelalterliche London mit all seinen Schrecken, seinem Dreck usw. lebendig zu machen (OHNE mit seinem Wissen anzugeben). Richtig spannend ist die Geschichte nicht, aber das [...]

    29. A friar being punished by his prior serves as the clerk to the coroner in John of Gaunt's London. They are called to investigate the death of a rich merchant which would seem to be open and shut disgruntled servant poisons then hangs himself. More residents of the house end up dead and the two investigators become curious. Plotting is weird lots of intuition and hidden clues. You see them discover things but not what they discover. I liked the characters so may give it another try, but not super [...]

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