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by Pip Vaughan-hughes

Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

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A slightly improbable historical novel of a novice monk accused of stealing a holy relic – a saint’s hand.  He finds refuge with pirates and a great adventure ensues.  Equally enjoyable to readers of fantasy, it is light and fun and, I believe, the beginning of a series.

Similar this month: None.
Comparison: C C Humphreys, Martin Stephen, Ellis Peters.

Sarah Broadhurst

Relics Synopsis

England, 1235, and Brother Petroc is living a simple life as a novice monk. Struggling to keep his soul fairly clean and worrying most about resisting the local girls, he inadvertently stumbles headlong into vicious trap. Framed by a sinister Templar Knight for a brutal murder of a church official and accused of the theft of a priceless relic, he is forced to run for his life. But when his best friend Will is killed by the chasing knight, Petroc's flight becomes a quest for restitution.

Trusting his fate to an enigmatic relic-hunter and scoundrel, he must dodge the long arm of the church and somehow get to the bottom of everything that has happened to him. He must find out how his fate is entwined with that of the sacred object and get revenge on the man who wrecked his life - all the while avoiding the pitfalls and perils of love for a beautiful Greek princess...

Relics Press Reviews

'An impressive debut, with vivid period atmosphere, colourful personalities and stirring action.' 
Susanna Yager 
'It's a pleasure to discover something so fresh and gripping.' 
'Vaughan-Hughes portrays Petroc's adventures with lip-smacking relish, conjuring up a colourful cast of pirates, cut-throats, scoundrals... all things considered he has a whale of a time. And by and large, so do we.' 
'A picuresque tale of strange lands and dark deeds with Petroc as it's appealing hero... the action scenes are exciting, the turns of the plot unpredictable and the Knights Templar is a deliciously nasty villain.' 

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ISBN: 9780752881249
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752881249
Publication date: 4th January 2007
Author: Pip Vaughan-hughes
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Pip Vaughan-hughes

Pip Vaughan-Hughes grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, saxophonist, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Devon with his wife and children.   Below is a Q & A with this author.   What's the first book you remember reading?Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson.What's the greatest influence on your writing?The complete joy I felt when I first learned to read. I'm still intoxicated by it.Where do you write?...

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