Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Lady Agnes Mystery - Volume I by Andrea Japp

There are dark forces at work in this gripping tale set in 1304 in France.  The Pope is in danger, and the cruelty of the Inquisition has been unleashed on the powerless, setting the stage for battles between the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitallers.

Against this violent backdrop, the recently widowed and fiercely independent Lady Agnes de Souarcy fights to maintain control over her small farm.  She uses her wits to cleverly navigate around her sinister half-brother, and to protect her young daughter and adopted son from all who would seek to harm them.  But is it enough?  Who is friend and who is foe?

This fast-paced historical mystery will keep you guessing until the last page, and then leave you eagerly anticipating Volume 2.  If you enjoy court intrigue, and intricate plots in historical settings, you might also enjoy Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.  

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