Publisher: Allison & Busby
May 1665. With winter passed, Mercia Blakewood is at last headed back to England from America, hoping to leave behind the shadow cast by death and heartache. She expects a welcome from the King considering her earlier mission on his behalf, but the reception she receives after her long voyage home could hardly be called warm.
With the country now at war with the Dutch, the Crown has decided that Mercia is an asset to be used once again. More manipulation lies ahead as Mercia must accept a clandestine role at the heart of the glittering and debauched royal court to unmask a spy and traitor.
PRAISE FOR DAVID HINGLEY:
‘A vividly rendered historical novel. Set between the shifting political landscape of Restoration England and the rapidly expanding New World, Hingley offers an unflinching exploration of love and betrayal’ Dr Amanda Foreman, author of The Duchess
‘A welcome addition to the ranks of historical crime: exciting, evocative and original’ Tom Harper, author of The Book of Secrets
‘Impressive debut, which captures the period with colour and intrigue’ Sunday Express
‘Thrilling . . . A must for fans of historical crime fiction’ Historical Novels Review