Set in lavishly described medieval England and France, The
Canterbury Papers is an enthralling and suspenseful debut
novel combining dark family secrets, duplicity, and a
missing heir to the throne.
The wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and then of
England, sends her former ward, Ala´s, the sister of the
king of France, to retrieve a cache of letters hidden in
Canterbury Cathedral. Letters that, in the wrong hands,
could bring down the English king. In return, Eleanor
promises to reveal a long-held and dangerous secret
involving Ala´s -- a bargain the French princess is
powerless to resist.
Within the fortnight the letters would be delivered to
Fontrevault Abbey. Then Eleanor would be happy, and I would
finally get the information she had promised.
So engaged was I in the arduous task of rising that I
failed to hear the slight sound behind me that would have
signaled my fate. Instead I was taken completely by
surprise. The only thing I felt was a strong hand around my
neck, another around my waist, and -- before I could cry
out -- I smelled the thick, sweet scent of a mandrake-
soaked cloth. Unforgiving hands clapped it against my face,
and all went dark.
Before Ala´s can complete her mission, she is abducted, an
event that sets in motion a dangerous plot. It will require
all of Ala´s's considerable strengths, along with help from
the very intriguing leader of the Knights Templar, to
unravel dark secrets, unmask evil villains, and escape with
A vividly rendered, spine-tingling historical novel filled
with intrigue and peopled with compelling legendary
figures, The Canterbury Papers is an extraordinary tale
from a brilliant new writer.