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   In “By Murder's Bright Light,” Paul Harding (a nom de plume of Paul Doherty) presents
us with his fifth installment of the Brother Athelstan series. In this episode, we find a
seemingly unsolvable murder aboard one of his majesty's ships, "God's Bright Light." The
captain has been poisoned and three crew members have disappeared, believed to have
been murdered. As it turns out, the captain is part of a conspiracy to steal a large shipment
of silver that belongs to the king and the intrigue includes the involvement of spies,
members of the "underworld," the ship's crew, and the captain's widow. All combine to
give this erstwhile Dominican friar an intellectual puzzle, fit for a king. When the King's
Coroner Sir John Cranston comes to Athelstan for help, he cannot resist. This is a puzzle
he can't refuse. Harding involves the whole St. Erconwald parish, and readers will once
again welcome their involvement (they are like “family”!).





This report prepared by Bill Hobbs








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   middle ages What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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