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.
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Dark Deceit was conceived in 2003, at a small train station in Glamorgan, South Wales, UK.
Months of being part of a historical re-enactment group provided me with plenty of inspiration for a medieval story set in the turbulent times chroniclers called The Anarchy. I was already fascinated by the years following Henry I's death, and being able to stay overnight within castle grounds in southern England and Wales inspired a plot I could not resist.
If you visit the area, I would highly recommend going to see the castles. It's well worth it!
Cathie Dunn writes historical romantic suspense set in dramatic landscapes during times of political upheaval. She has published two novels, Highland Arms and Dark Deceit, and a novella, Silent Deception.She loves castles, cats, dogs, and Minervois wines. Cathie currently lives in the Languedoc region in the south of France with her husband, rescue dog Ellie and Tiger Cat.
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