Dark Deceit

Dark Deceit

The first in The Anarchy Trilogy

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
180 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2012
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Author Biography

I live in beautiful Scotland with my hubby and two eccentric cats (aren’t they all?), and write romantic suspense and adventure.

A hobby historian, I love Scottish history, particularly medieval and Jacobite times; English medieval and Tudor history; and the influence of the Normans over large parts of Europe during the Middle Ages.

My published novels include Highland Arms (available on Amazon, B&N and The Wild Rose Press) and Dark Deceit (available on Amazon, Smashwords and other outlets).

I have just completed a suspense novella set in Victorian Cornwall, and I'm halfway through a medieval Scottish novella. Once those two are published, I'll be working on the sequel to Dark Deceit, part 2 of The Anarchy Trilogy.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

"Dark Deceit" is the first in the upcoming 'Anarchy Triology' and it begins in Gloucestershire, England, in 1141 as King Stephen has been captured and is being held in chains in Bristol Keep. The central character Geoffrey de Mortagne and his men come upon a knight being viciously attacked. The knight, Lord Raymond de Bellac, dies of his wounds at a local monastery after Geoffrey attempts to save him at the scene of his attack. Alleyne, Lord Raymond's daughter, fears the worst when Geoffrey and his men arrive at Bellac Manor with only Lord Raymond's horse. Alleyne grieves at her father's death and then summons Will D'Argues, Geoffrey's longtime friend and rival. Geoffrey goes on his way, but returns to Bellac Manor when his aid Ancel shows up with wounds and Alleyne's personal maid Elvire goes off to summon help and never reappears. It is time for Geoffrey to rescue Alleyne and take her to his home in France where she'll be safer. Is it from Will that Geoffrey is rescuing Alleyne? Is Geoffrey's friend really the enemy?

"Dark Deceit" covers a period in English history that should be covered more in works of historical fiction. Before England was united under the Plantagenets, assorted royals battled rather bloodily for the English crown. Geoffrey de Montagne is a fascinating central character as are Alleyne, Will, and all the other characters in this excellent beginning of what promises to be a first-rate series. "Dark Deceit" is well-written and well-edited, and its plot flows believably to the end. Readers of historical fiction will love every page of this exciting story.