Love Crime? Love Mercia Blakewood

Birthright is a vividly rendered historical novel. . . Hingley offers an unflinching exploration of love and betrayal.”

– Dr. Amanda Foreman, Chair of the 2016 Man 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 soon moves to the frontiers of America, 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

Birthright and Puritan are available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio formats. Recently published in January 2018, Traitor is currently available as hardback and ebook, with the other formats coming soon.


A cracking historical mystery, full of colourful characters, an intriguing story line and an evocative sense of the period”

– What Cathy Read Next

Birthright, Puritan and Traitor are published in print by Allison and Busby. Audio versions are from ISIS Publishing.