Paul C. Doherty is an English writer, with a doctorate in history , who writes historical mysteries and novels under the pennames Anna Apostolou, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas, Paul Harding, and Vanessa Alexander, as well as his own name, P.C. Doherty. My favorite series, though, is the series he wrote under the name C.L. Grace, the medieval mysteries featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke.
The first book in the series, A Shrine of Murders, introduced Kathryn, a physician and chemist who practiced in fifteenth-century Canterbury. Grace based the character on the women doctors who played vital roles in English medieval medicine.
When a series of deaths paralyze Canterbury, and threaten the shrine that draws pilgrims from all over Europe, Kathryn is asked by town officials to investigate. She's joined in her investigation by Colum Murtagh, an Irish solder for the crown. The seven books in the series tell the story of the developing relationship between Kathryn and Colum, despite the fact that Kathryn's husband disappeared during the Wars of the Roses, a participant in the losing side of the wars.
The Kathryn Swinbrooke series has a marvelous cast of characters, beginning with Kathryn, Colum, and Kathryn's friend and housekeeper, Thomasina. Fifteenth century England is a fascinating period, when women could practice medicine. The history and details are well-developed in these books.
A Shrine of Murders by C.L. Grace is my selection for Friday's "Forgotten" Books, but once you read the first "Medieval Mystery featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke", I think you'll read the rest of the series.
A Shrine of Murders by C.L. Grace. St. Martin's Press, ©1993. ISBN 0-312-09388-8 (hardcover), 195p.