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Paul Doherty

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Paul Doherty was born in 1946 in Middlesbrough, England. He studied at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed. He then went to Liverpool University where he gained a degree in history and won a scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, where he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. Soon after, though he continued his studies, he decided to become a secondary school teacher. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and in 1987, he began to publish historical mysteries, which have since become a highly popular series that has been published around the world in over a dozen languages.

He has been published under several pseudonyms including C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written several nonfiction historical books as well as novels. Paul and Carla live near London and have six children.

What he writes: Doherty writes historical mysteries throughout the eras: the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt (18th dynasty, in particular), and the medieval period. He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great as well as continuing mysteries set in Ancient Egypt.


List of works
Hugh Corbett titles
  Satan in St. Mary's (1986) The Devil's Hunt (1996)
  The Crown in Darkness (1988) The Demon Archer (1999)
  Spy in Chancery (1988) The Treason of the Ghosts (2000)
  The Angel of Death (1989) Corpse Candle (2001)
  The Prince of Darkness (1992) The Magician's Death (2004)
  Murder Wears a Cowl (1992) The Waxman Murders (2006)
  The Assassin in the Greenwood (1993) Nightshade (2008)
  The Song of a Dark Angel (1994) The Mysterium (2010)
  Satan's Fire (1995)  
Matthew Jenkyn titles
  The Whyte Harte (1998)
  The Serpent Amongst the Lilies (1990)
Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan titles
* Indicates title written under Paul Harding pseudonym
  The Nightingale Gallery (1991) * The House of Crows(1995) *
  Red Slayer (1992) * The Assassin's Riddle (1996) *
  Murder Most Holy (1992) * The Treason of the Ghosts (1998)
  The Anger of God (1993) * Corpse Candle (1999)
  By Murder's Bright Light (1994) * The Magician's Death (2003)
Sir Roger Shallot titles
All titles written under Michael Clynes pseudonym
  The White Rose Murders (1991) A Brood of Vipers (1994)
  The Poisoned Chalice (1992) The Gallows Murders (1995)
  The Grail Murders (1993) The Relic Murders (1996)
Kathryn Swinbrooke titles
All titles written under Celia L. Grace pseudonym
  A Shrine of Murders (1993) Saintly Murders (2001)
  The Eye of God (1994) A Maze of Murders (2002)
  The Merchant of Death (1995) A Feast of Poisons (2004)
  The Book of Shadows (1996)  
Canterbury Tales titles
  An Ancient Evil (1994) Ghostly Murders (1997)
  A Tapestry of Murders (1994) The Hangman's Hymn (2001)
  A Tournament of Murders (1996) A Haunt of Murder (2002)
Nicholas Segalla titles
All titles written under Ann Dukthas pseudonym
  A Time for the Death of a King (1994) The Time of Murder at Mayerling (1996)
  The Prince Lost to Time (1995) In the Time of the Poisoned Queen (1998)
Mystery of Alexander the Great titles
All titles written under Anna Apostolou pseudonym
  A Murder in Macedon (1997)
  A Murder in Thebes (1998)
The Egyptian Mysteries titles
  The Mask of Ra (1998) The Assassins of Isis (2004)
  The Horus Killings (1999) The Poisoner of Ptah (2007)
  The Anubis Slayings (2000) The Spies of Sobeck (2008)
  The Slayers of Seth (2001)  
Mahu titles (The Akhenaten trilogy)
  An Evil Spirit Out of the West (2003) The Year of the Cobra (2006)
  The Season of the Hyaena (2004)  
Mathilde of Westminster titles
  The Cup of Ghosts (2005) The Darkening Glass (2009)
  The Poison Maiden (2007)  
Political Intrigue in Ancient Rome titles
Set during the time of Constantine the Great
  Domina (2002) The Queen of the Night (2006)
  Murder Imperial (2003) Murder's Immortal Mask (2008)
  The Song of the Gladiator (2004)  
Alexander the Great Mystery titles
  The House of Death (2001) The Gates of Hell (2009)
  The Godless Man (2007)  
Non-series fiction titles
  The Death of a King: A Medieval Mystery (1985) The Soul Slayer (1998)
  Prince Drakulya (1986) The Plague Lord (2002)
  The Fate of Princes (1990) The Death of the Red King (2006)
  Dove Amongst the Hawks(1990) The Templar (2007)
  The Masked Man (1991) The Secret of Sobek (2008)
  The Rose Demon (1997) The Templar Magician (2009)
  The Haunting (1997)  
Nonfiction titles
  The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun: Re-opening the Case of Egypt's Boy-king (2002)
  Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II (2003)
  The Death of Alexander the Great: What or Who Really Killed the Young Conqueror of the Known World? (2004)
  Great Crown Jewel Robbery of 1303 (2005)
  The Secret Life of Elizabeth I (2005)
The London Times' "Murder They Write: 100 Masters of Crime" list
Awarded the Herodotus, for lifelong achievement for excellence in the writing of historical mysteries by the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society
Treason of the Ghosts was one of The London Times' Best Crime Novels of 2000
What the critics say
"The master of the historical whodunnit" - Booklist
Regarding the Alexander the Great series - "Paul Doherty has created a vivid, credible picture of life in the Persian and Macedonian courts on the eve of Alexander's conquests... He has peopled this world with entertaining characters, well developed... his Alexander is a loyal friend and likeable rogue intent on gambling everything to achieve his dreams of world conquest." - Times Literary Supplement
Regarding the Mahu titles (the Akhenaten trilogy) - "Doherty has typically woven a delightfully dark tale around what must have been the most remarkable period of Egyptian history...So stoke up the fire, draw the curtains and put your feet up in order to enjoy this delightfully spooky and robust tale of demons, death and disease in old Egypt. Great stuff!" - Historical Novels Review (November 2003)
Regarding the Egyptian Mysteries series - "As in the previous entries in this excellent series, Doherty conjures up an exotic realm rife with danger, superstition, and ill-fated political conspiracies. The authentic historical foundation provides a fascinating backdrop for the unexpected plot twists that keep the pages turning." - Booklist


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