The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man 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

  • Title: The Midnight Man
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9781780290263
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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.

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  • Paul Doherty

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.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 the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body

  • 170 Comments

  • 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 chur [...]


  • This was an OK medieval mystery. Apparently, Chaucer (heard of him?) is on, guess what?!, a pilgrimage and each book constitutes a tale told by one of the pilgrims. In this one, the doctor tells the tale of Brother Anselm and his young, nervous assistant Stephen as they try to uncover the mystery behind a haunted church. Although (Spoiler) the book has a fairly straightforward ending, I was annoyed by the frequent times in which the monk and his assistant go into the church and are plagued by gh [...]


  • I have read all, but the author's most recent books. That's quite a lot of books, perhaps 120+, all of which I enjoyed a great deal. This one, however, was a slog to get through. There was so much detail, repeated detail, and so many appearances by evil demons, described in so much detail, that it was a fearsome case of narrative overload. It felt like either the writer was writing to reach a prescribed total number of words, or he simply couldn't be bothered to do his best work, or he had no ti [...]


  • The last in the series ?Reading them for the sake of it now.Thank God that's over, I'm afraid that this series exponentially follows the law of diminishing returnsI shredded this book, so that no-one else would have to endure it


  • Great book, plenty of body count! Only trouble is the chapters are quite long so spent many a late night just having to read one more page 😃


  • Wonderful depth of historical knowledge. That's really the only positive thing I can say about this novel. Clothing, food, landmarks of medieval London, biblical references of a suitably dark and sinister sort - I was impressed by Doherty's evocation of time and place. Unfortunately, the writing undermined all of this.In brief, this is a tale-within-a-tale. The physician, one of the pilgrims on Chaucer's famous literary pilgrimage, tells his companions a dark tale when they stop for the night. F [...]


  • Was really enjoying this book until the end. It wrapped up with pages and pages of characters monologuing (sp?).


  • The author's 'Hugh Corbett' series is one of my favourites and I have to admit that when I found this on my library shelf, at first, I thought that this was part of that series.I wasnt particularly aware of the Canterbury Tales series but as I got reading, the authors style came through powerfully.I was a little confused over the characters for the first couple of chapters and it took me a while to get into the real story, but once I did it certainly took hold.An exciting read which anyone who h [...]


  • The Midnight Man is the 7th book in Doherty's Canterbury Tales series. The premise is that Chaucer's pilgrims agree to tell a story in the evening around the inn fire as well as the one they tell on the road as chronicled by Chaucer, and that the night-time story must be a spooky one. So all the series are about ghosts, demons, witchcraft etc.This particular novel is the Physician's tale. He tells the story of Carmelite friar and exorcist, Anselm, who is sent to a London parish to tackle the hau [...]


  • Interesting historical read, very different from my usual fare. The imagery, of course, was true to belief systems of the time but not to my liking. There is something didactic about this author's writing. I tried one of each from his two different series of books and preferred this Chaucer line. Thus, I may give him another chance to win me over.


  • I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, but unfortunately I found this one unreadable. I abandoned the effort about a third of the way in. It was laboured and disjointed and full of mumbo jumbo rather than mystery.


  • I never would have remembered reading this book if I hadn’t stumbled across it while updating my Good Reads profile. From what I remember, I enjoyed it…especially the romantic intrigue Stephen finds himself in.



  • Hard to read in the beginning, but once I got into it, it was really good. Never guessed who the Midnight Man was.


  • This mystery story was repetitive and very densely written – I struggle through to the end, but was lost after fifty pages. A good edit would have helped.


  • I read this at the same time as another Paul Doherty book and this one won without question! It is a gripping story with a brilliant sense of place and time.




  • No one does medieval mystery/horror like Doherty. This newest entry in the Canterbury Pilgrims series is very atmospheric and well-written.


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