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The Royalist by S. J. Deas
  

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The 1640s, the Royalists have lost, dragoon officer Falkland awaits execution but is offered his freedom in return for sorting out some strange goings on in Cromwell’s New Model Army stationed in Crediton, Devon. He has a reputation for solving murders. Cromwell’s army has young men committing suicide (?), hanging themselves from the same tree. Then a boy blows (?) himself up. All very suspicious. Religion seems to be at the heart of the mystery, witch-hunting and devil worship, manipulation and propaganda abound. This is a clever, convoluted tale steeped in historical detail. The author is an established fantasy writer moving into the historical crime area for the first time.

If you like S. J. Deas you might also like to read books by Claire Letemendia, Michael Arnold and Giles Kristian.

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Synopsis

The Royalist by S. J. Deas

William Falkland is a dead man. A Royalist dragoon who fought against Parliament, he is currently awaiting execution at Newgate prison. Yet when he is led away from Newgate with a sack over his head, it is not the gallows to which they take him, but to Oliver Cromwell himself. Cromwell has heard of Falkland's reputation as an investigator and now more than ever he needs a man of conscience. His New Model Army are wintering in Devon but mysterious deaths are sweeping the camp and, in return for his freedom, Falkland is despatched to uncover the truth. With few friends and a slew of enemies, Falkland soon learns there is a dark demon at work, one who won't go down without a fight. But how can he protect the troops from such a monster and, more importantly, will he be able to protect himself?

Reviews

'A page-turning novel, unpredictable and suspenseful, haunted by intriguing twists and turns... The characters are vividly portrayed, three-dimensional and convincing' Historical Novels Review

'Deas writes at a furious pace... It is his wonderful descriptions and his creation of a powerfully charged atmosphere that really capture the reader' We Love This Book

'I take my hat off to the author for his ability and desire to portray all of this horror and dirt ... Highly recommended' Parmenion Books

About the Author

S.J. Deas was born in 1968. He once set fire to Wales. Well, one bit of Wales. Twice. When not burning principalities he managed to study theoretical physics at Cambridge, get a job at BAE, marry and have two children. He now lives in Essex.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th March 2015

Author

S. J. Deas

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781472216977

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