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The Devil's Hunt (Hugh Corbett #10)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The golden summer of 1303 and Oxford is plunged into chaos. The severed heads of beggars have been tied by their hair to the trees in woods outside the city. John Copsale, the Regent of Sparrow Hall, has been found dead in his bed and it is being whispered that he was murdered by the mysterious 'Bell Man'. Then the college librarian and activist, Robert Ascham is discovere ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by St Martins Pr (first published July 4th 1996)
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This tenth addition to the Hugh Corbett series is top notch in all respects. I gave up watch television about five years ago. In the time I did watch it many series ended the season with a cliffhanger forcing the viewer to wait many weeks before resumption and resolution. This is such a novel with a major cliffhanger but fortunately I won't have to wait for number eleven. The Devil's Hunt includes some very devious villains as well as some very emotional moments. If I had more than two thumbs ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In the summer of 1303, murder has made itself known in the King's university city of Oxford. The illustrious Regent of Sparrow Hall, John Copsale, is found dead in his bed. Some claim he died in his sleep, while still others whisper that Regent Copsale was murdered by the mysterious "Bell Man" - who posts treasonous notes on the doors of the churches.

Then the college librarian and archivist, Robert Ascham is discovered inside the college library with a crossbow bolt in his chest. Definitely an
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in July 1998.

This is the seventh Hugh Corbett mystery, part of the series set in England during the reign of Edward I. This particular novel is set in Oxford, where Corbett is sent by the king to investigate the serial murder of the masters of Sparrow Hall, a small foundation forming part of the University and the mysterious proclamations of "The Bellman", who calls down curses on the king in the name of his old enemy Simon de Montfort.

When Hugh arrives in a
James Saunders
The Devil's Hunt

I enjoyed this book as I do his books. I always learn something. I wonder if he is as good a teacher as he is a writer. I hope so.
loved everything except the ending, please say there is another book.
The author was recommended to me, particularly his early books in this series. This isn't an early one but it was pretty good, except that family names were only just beginning to be used so I imagine Doherty used them to move the plot along. The ending was a shock and I must see if there is a #11. The characters were definitely believable and I even began to like Ranulf-atte-Newgate. Reading about Oxford so much earlier than Morse was interesting, too, although Sparrow Hall must have disappeare ...more
Georgia Lengyel
Good story - good plot.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
I enjoyed this medieval mystery starring my favourite Clerk, Sir Hugh Corbett. This one is set in 1303 and Corbett is sent to Oxford to investigate a number of vicious murders. Oxford was a completely new setting for the series, and I enjoyed learning about the college halls and scholars and how they operated so many hundreds of years ago.

One of the key characters was surprisingly killed in this novel and I certainly wasn't expecting that. All in all, another enjoyable historical fiction by Dohe
I have read a couple of the Hugh Corbett stories and find them quite enjoyable and an easy read. Perfect for journeys but sadly I did not warm to his character as much as I had with Cadfael ... this is likely a fault of waiting until my late forties to read it compared to being ten.
Jul 20, 2007 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History/Mystery buffs
This is an excellent read. Doherty knows his history of England in the era of Edward I. The mystery is hard to figure out, the characters real and the time period realistically pictured. The ending is very dramatic. All in all, a great read - highly recommended.
John Lee
This series gets better and better and another 5* s from me. I found the second half of the book particularly riveting with a real surprise in the last couple of paragraphs.
Quite brilliant.
Chuck Malmros

Hugh Corbett continues to amaze, very enjoyable book with all the wonders of being in 1303.
I dn't think it will matter that I am reading these out of order.
A very enjoyable read featuring the inimitable Hugh Corbett.
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He has been published under several pseudonyms: P.C. Doherty, Celia L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-Eastern England) in 1946. He had
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