Ned Bedwell’s Christmas Revels are the talk of the Inns of Court in the Tudor London of 1529 and he basks in the regard and fattened purse it has brought him. His former problems are banished, Meg Black safely distracted with her night schools for heretics while his problematic charge, Walter Dellingham, is securely muzzled between the gaming table and the bed. Ned can now look forward to a week of festivities. Or maybe not. A friend’s urgent demand has him chancing the Liberties once more in an attempt to foil the ploys of rogues at the Wool’s Fleece. A cozener’s play, a surfeit of fine brandy and a beguiling temptress make this an adventure Ned may live to regret.
Welcome to Henry VIII’s Merrie England where politics, plots and murder are the currency of the realm.
Book 3 of the Red Ned Tudor Mystery series, followed by A Comfit of Rogues, The Lord of Misrule (A Yuletide compilation of the three novellas) The Smithfield Shambles (to be released March 2013). The Trade of the Thames (to be released May 2013) and the Queen’s Oranges