RoseBlood - Paul DohertyIf you like your mysteries with a medieval flavour, then RoseBlood by Paul Doherty will definitely be your cup of mead.

England in 1455 is a kingdom on the brink of civil war. Everyone must choose the flag they will stand behind: the red rose of King Henry of Lancaster, or the white rose of Richard of York.

Henry is a ruler who’s ailing and whose days are surely numbered. Richard of York is a man of ruthless ambition, surrounded by a coterie of powerful allies.

Simon Roseblood – London lord, taverner and alderman – is forced to stand trial by powerful Yorkist Amadeus Sevigny for a crime he didn’t commit.  Sevigny knows the truth only too well, and his motivation is clearly political. As the War of the Roses looms, an even greater foe is poised to rock the foundations of England, and wreak horror in a hotbed of political unrest.

Historical thrillers, stripped of all the paraphernalia of modern legality and scientific investigation techniques make a refreshing change from the Law & Order, CSI type approach we’re all so used to. For historian and respected head teacher Paul Doherty, they’re a passion. After his doctorate on the reign of Edward II, he decided to start writing about the “undergrowth of history” and his first novel was The Death of A King (1985). Since then he’s written nearly 100 books, with historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. He also writes using pseudonyms including C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes and Ann Dukthas. His work can be read in more than twenty languages. And if that weren’t enough, his scholarly non-fiction works include Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II and the Secret Life of Elizabeth I.

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