Winter holds London in its icy grasp, but the city is also caught in a fervour of paranoia, superstition and rumour. Mob violence is commonplace. A whispered word is all it takes to condemn a woman to burn as a witch.
Following his success in foiling the ‘Incendium’ plot against the queen, Dr Christopher Radcliff’s standing within court is high. However, he has no time to reap any rewards. Counterfeit coins are circulating on London’s streets, bearing the likeness of his master, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. This in itself is a treasonous offence, but slogans have also begun to appear. Daubed on walls and doorways, they suggest that someone close to the queen harbours treacherous intent – none other than Leicester himself...
So Radcliff and his team of informants and amateur spies are sent out into the city’s markets, drinking dens and brothels to track down who might be behind such outrageous and subversive acts. The investigation will lead them down a murderous path to face an elusive foe with an extraordinary agenda. And time is running out: for when rumour and fear catch fire, then surely violent insurrection and bloody chaos will follow.
Also published last week, was The Keeper of Songs, the new book from the award-winning author of Lady of the Butterflies and Bloodline, Fiona Mountain.
1967. Enigmatic young folk singer Molly Marrison disappears on the cusp of fame.2002: Silva is working as a housemaid at Chatsworth House when her father suddenly dies, leaving her with one instruction - find Molly.
The only clue is a haunting song, centuries old, that Molly recorded before she vanished. Silva needs the help of song collector, Robbie Nightingale. Silva and Robbie were teenage sweethearts, but they’ve not spoken for decades. If they try to find Molly, what else will they discover? For Molly is not the only girl to have disappeared. Silva’s mother, Sukey, vanished when Silva was a child, leaving her with scars that Robbie once tried but failed to heal.
More exciting news on Talia soon, but in the meantime, she is working on her debut novel, Christmas With Strangers, a queer festive rom-com set in an idyllic manor house.
Eva Björg Ægisdóttir won the John Creasey (New Blood) Award at the CWA Daggers, for her debut novel, The Creak on the Stairs.
Both Carys Jones' The List and A Valley Dream by Anna Jacobs are included in Kindle's Mothly Deal for July.
More Anna Jacobs novels - One Quiet Woman, Lancashire Lass, Farewell to Lancashire and Down Weaver's Lane are listed in Kindle's 'Starter A Series' promo, for July, and are priced at only 99p.
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Phillipa Ashley's newly-released Cornish romance, An Endless Cornish Summer, has picked up two lovely reviews this week:
"Romantic and life-affirming." Woman's Weekly
"Within moments, you'll feel like you're at the Cornish seaside, gazing out at the waves, cream tea in hand. The ultimate summer reading escape." Yours magazine, Book Editor's pick
Dr. Diana Kessler, who studied dental medicine in Heidelberg, and has been working as a dentist in Mannheim since 1991, joined Tom Drake Lee's list.
Since 2001, she has been dealing with the topic of oral and general health in numerous lectures and has published Diabetes Aktuell on the subject of 'Diabetes and Oral Health'.
To find out more about Diana, click here.