Love and danger in medieval England & Normandy…
Murder. Betrayal. Hope.
On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight’s only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor, investigating the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty.
Left to defend her manor following her father’s death, Alleyne de Bellac reluctantly accepts Geoffrey’s support. As she doesn’t trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d’Arques, an old friend, for help. But loyalties change. Her life in danger and her inheritance at stake, Alleyne must decide which man to trust.
Discover England and Normandy divided by a brutal civil war, where vows are broken as allegiances waver.
Dark Deceit is available in ebook and paperback formats on Amazon.
Praise for Dark Deceit:
“…a captivating read that draws you in the the plot of civil war, murder, confusion, intrigue and a sprinkling of romance.”
~ 5* reader review
“…captivating characters and vivid descriptions…”
~ 5* review, Booked Up Reviews
“Layered with authentic detail that will delight any historian, Dark Deceit is a well-written tale of romance, intrigue and dastardly machinations.”
~ 5* review, Suzanne Rogers, author
Dark Deceit – Excerpt:
Alleyne waited for a sign, hardly daring to breathe. She rubbed her arms, uncertain of whether it was the biting February winds that seeped through her thin linen sleeves or premonition. In her haste, she had forgotten to bring her cloak. ’Twas too late now.
Her heart plummeted at Ancel’s body language. His wariness changed to… surprise? Shock? At an abrupt signal from the captain, two guards threw open the gates. Three riders appeared through the gatehouse, one holding the reins of a warhorse.
Alleyne drew in a sharp breath. It was indeed Father’s. The distinctive white mark on the long, grey forehead and the saddle were proof enough. The noise subsided, a hushed silence settling over the manor.
(c) Cathie Dunn 2012. All rights reserved.