Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan by Paul Doherty
The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan is a series of historical mystery novels by English author Paul Doherty. The title character is a Dominican friar and priest to St. Erconwald’s and secretarius to Coroner Sir John Cranston. The novels are set in London during the late 14th century during the reign of Richard II.

Paul Doherty began his Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series in 1991 with the novel The Nightingale Gallery. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Paul Doherty’s Brother Athelstan books in order of when they were originally published (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Brother Athelstan Books


The Nightingale Gallery(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of the Red Slayer(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Most Holy(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Anger of God(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
By Murder's Bright Light(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of Crows(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Assassin's Riddle(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil's Domain(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Field of Blood(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of Shadows(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bloodstone(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Straw Men(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Candle Flame(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of Fires(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Up to the novel The Assassin’s Riddle, Paul Doherty wrote the series using the pen name Paul Harding. All novels have since been reissued under Doherty’s name. The House Of The Red Slayer is alternatively titled The Red Slayer.

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Brother Athelstan Synopsis: In The Nightgale Gallery by Paul Harding (Paul Doherty) – the first book in the Brother Athelstan series – it is 1376 and the Black Prince has died on a horrible illness, followed by his father, King Edward III. This leaves the crown to Richard II, while nobles gather around waiting to grab the throne for themselves. During this time of turmoil, a merchant prince is found murdered and Coroner Sir John Cranston and Dominican monk Brother Athelstan must investigate the murder. If that wasn’t enough, the murderers aren’t finished yet and the intrigue increases quickly.

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