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Rebellion’s Message

Introducing Elizabethan cutpurse and adventurer Jack Blackjack in the first of a brand-new historical mystery series

January, 1554. Light-fingered Jack Blackjack knows he’s not going to have a good day when he wakes with a sore head next to a dead body in a tavern’s yard. That would be bad enough – but when he discovers what’s in the dead man’s purse, the one he’d stolen, his day is set to get much worse. The purse explains why the mysterious man with the broad-brimmed hat wants to catch him. But so does the Lord Chancellor, as does the enigmatic Henry. In fact, almost everyone seems to be after Jack Blackjack.

If it weren’t for the rebel army marching on London determined to remove Queen Mary from her throne and install Lady Jane Grey in her place, Jack could leave the city – but with the bridge blocked and every gate manned, there’s no escape.

Instead he must try to work out who killed the man in the yard, and why. But it won’t be easy as the rebel army comes ever closer and the death toll mounts …

A Murder Too Soon

Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth’s household in this engaging Tudor mystery.

Jack’s employer believes there is a spy in the princess’s household and Jack has been ordered to kill her. He has no choice but to agree but, when he arrives, he discovers that a murder has already happened. Jack needs to prove his innocence by uncovering the real killer, but who is hiding a secret? And will Jack survive long enough to find out?

A Missed Murder

When Jack Blackjack disobeys the orders of his spymaster, he enters dangerous waters in this lively Tudor mystery.

Having been ordered to kill a man, former cutpurse turned paid assassin Jack Blackjack determines to save him instead. But Jack defies his spymaster at his peril … and even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry. When it appears that Jack has killed the wrong man, he reluctantly finds himself drawn into affairs of state.

The Dead Don’t Wait

Jack Blackjack stands accused of killing a priest in the wickedly entertaining new Bloody Mary Tudor mystery.

April, 1555. A priest has been stabbed to death in the village of St Botolph, his body left to rot by the roadside – and Jack Blackjack stands accused of his murder. As well as clearing his name, Jack has his own reasons for wanting to find out who really killed the priest – but this is an investigation where nothing is as it seems.

‘The improbably and delightfully humorous protagonist moves the story to a surprising conclusion.’
Kirkus Review

‘An enjoyable jaunt through mid-16th-century England… Fans of Elizabethan historicals will have fun’
Publisher’s Weekly

‘Readers who enjoy the period details as much as the plot will be entertained.’
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