From the New York Times-bestselling author of Time and Chance, the much
anticipated fourth novel in her acclaimed medieval mystery series.
Bowing to an urgent summons from his former lover,
Justin de Quincy hastens to Paris only to find that the Lady Claudine was, in fact, acting on
behalf of his nemesis Prince John. As the Queen's man, de Quincy has already encountered
John's murderous side. But now John tells him of a document implicating him in a plot to kill
his brother, King Richard. The document is a forgery, and, despite his hunger for the crown,
John is innocent of the charge. Still, a brother who looked with amiable contempt at John's
earlier intrigues would hardly risk regicide. John must find the forger and prove the
document false before Richard hears of it, and he entreats Justin to help him.
It takes more than John's wily charms to persuade
Justin: It is only when he realizes that the welfare of the woman he serves, Eleanor of
Aquitaine, is also at risk that Justin concedes. It is a concession that will take him to a
bloody chamber on Mont-Saint-Michel, to a stinking dungeon in Brittany, to a murderous
encounter in a Paris cemetery, and, ultimately, to the unraveling of a conspiracy that might
have changed the course of history.
"Penman deftly weaves actual historical events into the narrative with nary a false note."
"The historical detail is scrupulously accurate without being presented as a history lesson."
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