A powerful and atmospheric medieval thriller from a stunning new talent
England, 1235, and Brother Petroc is living a simple life as a novice monk. Struggling to keep his soul fairly clean and worrying mostly about resisting the local girls, he inadvertently stumbles headlong into a vicious trap.
Framed by a sinister Templar Knight for the brutal murder of a church official and accused of the theft of a priceless relic, he is forced to run for his life. But when his best friend Will is killed by the chasing knight, Petroc's flight becomes a quest for his restitution.
Trusting his fate to an enigmatic relic-hunter and scoundrel, he must dodge the long arm of the church and somehow get revenge on the man who ruined his life - all the while avoiding the pitfalls and perils of love for a beautiful Greek princess...
A good historical thriller... A debut novel that leaves you looking forward to the author's next work - WOOD & VALE
Pip is in his late 30s and grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Relics is Pip's first novel and he is currently at work on a second.