Available now: the first instalment of a new Mercia Blakewood release, free to access via the Survival tab above.
A message from David:
As a special release for our unsettled times, I’m bringing Mercia Blakewood back in a new story for all to access on this website: SURVIVAL, or TALES OF HOPE AND VILLAINY FROM A TIME OF PLAGUE.
Mercia’s last adventure Traitor concluded in June 1665, at the outset of that year’s great plague. It seemed fitting that this new story should follow directly on from then, reaching into the lessons of the past to tell a tale that speaks to our own age, uncovering surprising similarities and taking courage from those who lived before us.
This time, Mercia will be joined as protagonist by regular favourite Nicholas Wildmoor, who will travel to his home city of London while Mercia takes charge in the shires. Interspersed throughout, a series of individual characters will bring the spirit of those days to life, starting with the elderly survivor of plagues before, with many more of her compatriots to follow.
The first instalment is available here. So rejoin Mercia and Nicholas, or meet them for the first time, and above all, enjoy. Like now, the Summer of 1665 was a tough time, but it saw acts of hope shine through the despair, and numerous instances of kindness and self-sacrifice, much as is happening today.
To learn more about Mercia’s story to date (no spoilers!), check out my video interview from the Capital Crime digital festival. And to discover some of the history behind the books so far, check out the blog section of this site.
Happy Reading and stay safe,
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Birthright is a vividly rendered historical novel. . . Hingley offers an unflinching exploration of love and betrayal.”
– Dr. Amanda Foreman, Historian and Former Chair of the Booker Prize
The acclaimed Mercia Blakewood trilogy – Birthright, Puritan and Traitor – is a fast-paced crime series relating Mercia’s gripping tale as she journeys through Restoration England and America, striving to find justice for herself and those around her. With an exceptional blend of fictional and real-life characters, the lively story is woven around the never-dull history of the time. Beginning in Stuart London, the drama later moves to the frontiers of America and back, as Mercia finds that life in the New World is as dangerous as that in the Old.
Thrilling – a must for fans of historical crime fiction”
– Historical Novels Review
Birthright, the first novel in the series, sees Mercia on the hunt for a great prize for the King, facing murder, intrigue and lust as she combats the expectations of her time. The second novel, Puritan, picks up the story in the wilds of New England, where Mercia must battle a serial killer with a gruesome agenda. Traitor, the third novel, sees Mercia back in England, in a clandestine role at the heart of the royal court to unmask a treasonous spy.
The portrayal of Charles II’s court is full of colour. It also reeks with sin.”
– For Winter Nights
A cracking historical mystery, full of colourful characters, an intriguing story line and an evocative sense of the period”
– What Cathy Read Next
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