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The ninth title in the Catherine LeVendeur series - ten mysteries set amid the rising political and religious unease of 12th century France. The bestselling US series available in the UK for the first time.
Young Catherine LeVendeur and her nobleman husband Edgar rely heavily on her dearest cousin, Solomon, for his help in their successful trading business. But their relationship must remain fiercely secret. While Catherine's father was abducted as a child and raised a Catholic, the rest of his family are Jewish. The connection would spell ruin - and death - for Catherine's family.
When Solomon travels to Spain to make his fortune, he encounters his estranged father, a man who rejected his Jewish faith to become Brother James. When a fellow monk is murdered, James is convinced a conspiracy is at work, and turns to the son he abandoned for help. Solomon wants nothing to do with his father. But faced with his ancestry and the ties of blood, Solomon knows he must come to a decision about who he is - and where he really belongs.
Newman skilfully depicts historical figures and issues in a very different age, one in which piety and great beauty coexist with cruelty - Publishers Weekly
Sharan Newman will change the way you think about the Middle Ages. Her Catherine LeVendeur series brings the twelfth century to life with compassion, intelligence, and wit, in tales rich with detail and unforgettable characters. Newman delivers an outstanding mystery in each and every book. This series is not to be missed! - Jan Burke
Newman provides her audience with a multifaceted jewel of a historical mystery that is filled with fascinating details that bring the twelfth century to life. - Booklist
Breathtakingly exciting and full of mystery and adventure - Los Angeles Times