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The seventh 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 ex-novice Catherine LeVendeur is an independent spirit, fiercely loyal to both her faith and her family. Though the two sometimes conflict, with terrible consequences, her life remains committed to preserving what - and who - she loves.
But Catherine's loyalty is sorely tested when she and her family return to their French home to discover a Knight Templar has been brutally murdered inside: someone is threatening to reveal her closely held secret about her family's Jewish roots. But Catherine never wavers in her convictions, as she knows it falls to her to discover who would kill a soldier of God and why her family would be targeted in such a horrendous fashion.
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