Works in Progress

Dark Deceit Sequel (title tbc)

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Normandy

Continuing the adventures of Geoffrey, Alleyne and their friends and foes, this time in Normandy where Geoffrey helps the count of Anjou to conquer and gain the duchy, and the île de France where Alleyne meets Louis VII and his formidable young wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Oh, and Geoffrey faces Will at the siege of Arques, one of the last strategic places in Normandy to be conquered by the Angevins.

Settled in Geoffrey’s manor of Nonant with their young daughter, Adelise, Geoffrey and Alleyne find themselves again pawns on the chess board of medieval politics between France and England.

Note:

This is the long-awaited sequel to Dark Deceit, a medieval romantic adventure set during the English civil war of the 12th century, also known as The Anarchy.

 

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Loup de Foix Murder Mystery #1 (title tbc)

Rome, Italy

15-year-old Loup de Foix, illegitimate son of the count de Foix, attends the Fourth Lateran Council in Rome with his father and the count de Toulouse, to reclaim lands confiscated by the Church due to their reluctance to deal harshly with heretics in the Languedoc region of south-west France.

When he witnesses a monk’s sudden death in a taverna, Loup begins to wonder if the tall man dressed in a black cloak, with his hood drawn to cover his face, who spoke to the monk only moments earlier, has anything to do with it.

Who is the stranger? And why did the monk look anxious?

When the suspicion falls first on Toulouse, then on Foix, Loup delves deeper into the murky underground of Rome, a city bustling with council visitors from across the continent and beyond. Then he sees the man in the black cloak again – in the company of Guy de Montfort, Toulouse’s accuser and brother of the persecutor of the heretics in Languedoc, Simon,. Loup realises his father and Toulouse are in grave danger. 

Can Loup identify the killer and link him to Montfort? Or will justice wither in the Holy See?

 

 

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