Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Murder and Intrigue this Summer!

Kindest regards to all visitors and readers. Summer is here and finally the sunshine has arrived! I'm not a car driver but when I am being driven along the lanes of Essex and stare out at the lonely fields, the dark copses, the soaring hedgerows, I wonder what grisly secrets lie buried there? There is something about dark, green, dripping woods in the middle of rolling fields which conjures up silent murder and treacherous plotting. I always think the English countryside lends itself so well to murder.

In my next novel, Hugh Corbett travels into a snowbound Essex in pursuit of a hideous killer. I hope to deal with a number of themes in Corbett's new adventure "Nightshade"; the robbery of the Crown Jewels at Westminster, those bizarre religious groups who wandered Mediaeval Europe, the dramatic and bloody fall of Acre, the last Western stronghold in Palestine, as well as one other phenomenon which many people think is peculiar to our own age rather than the past. I have previously discussed serial killers, and my belief that they are not simply a manifestation of the 20th or 21st century. Such Sons of Cain must have gone on the rampage in other centuries but got away with it! The other fascinating phenomenon I wish to analyse is that of the lone sniper. An individual who takes a high-powered rifle to kill, without rhyme or reason, anyone who comes into his sight. Quite remarkable, this also happened with a weapon just as deadly in the Middle Ages. Time and again the 'Coroner Rolls of London' describe someone climbing into a church tower or some other high place, armed with long bow and arrows, to loose devastation and death. I touch on this in 'Nightshade' as well as create (what I hope) will be a superb locked room mystery in a lonely house on a snowbound island.

My other passion at the moment is studying the Death of Kings. Recently I came across some remarkable new evidence that Henry VIII on his death bed expressed deep contrition about the lies he had spread about Anne Boleyn. A great surprise, bearing in mind that Henry VIII rarely apologised for anything! However, what I find truly dramatic is the death of Elizabeth in 1603, definitely full of mystery and intrigue. And, of course, of Edward IV, the news of whose death was published a day early in York! This undergrowth of history really does fascinate me. Plenty of food for thought in the coming summer months, and for now I must get back to studying once again the delicate art of murder. Thanks for reading!

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At July 6, 2008 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Ignazio Alessandro said...

I've just bought the italian translation of "The Templar" (but still haven't read it). I love locked room mysteries (expecially those with Brother Athelstan), and I'll buy this book also as soon as possible.

At August 13, 2008 at 6:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so nice to read, that you are still continuing writing, especially those series, which I know and like very much.

I have a lot of your books in German, bought several years ago, when they were very popular here and in the last weeks I started reading them again. Unfortunatly there are several series which where continued by the author, but the German publishers don't offer them anymore. That is a real pity, because I will never know, how the interesting frame stories will continue.

At September 4, 2008 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

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At September 4, 2008 at 4:05 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I've enjoyed all of Paul's books and been pretty damn lucky to have found some of them. I'm trying to track down news of "To Kill the King" and even emailed the publisher to no avail. I've seen one review of it so I figure it's out their someplace.
Any news of this title will be appreciated.
Hoping to see a continuation of the Canterbury series.

At September 15, 2008 at 9:55 AM , Blogger garden project experience said...

Hi Paul

I am reading your last novel NightShade, it's absolutly brilliant! I am a huge fan and I am delighted you are still writing about Hugh Corbett. One thing I noticed, your style has changed. In this novel, the story is much more darker, probably in purpose. I was not sure at the beginning, but I quite like it now. Please continue to tell more about Hugh's adventures. A faithful reader

At September 21, 2008 at 1:29 PM , Blogger LadyD said...

I am a 'new fan' of your Hugh Corbett stories. I have recently checked out the first six books of the series from the local library. I'm currently reading 'Murder wears a Cowl' and I love your sharp, raw descriptions of the life and times of London in that era. I love a good murder mystery and reading about Medieval times. Now I've found both in your books. Thank you and I will definitely be reading more of your work. God Bless!
Sincerely, a new faithful reader from the USA


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