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by Head of Zeus, 7 March 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78854978-3 (HB)
In 1571 the Hochstetter family, Daniel, Radagunda and
their children arrive in England from Augsburg. They set up a mining company
and a smelting business in Keswick, living on an island on Derwent water. In
1581 Daniel dies but Radagunda carries on running the companies.
The action then advances to 1593
and Sir Robert Carey, deputy warden of the West March receives a directive from
Sir Robert Cecil in London. A Jonathan Hepburn is suspected of plotting to
poison King James of Scotland and he is thought to live in Keswick. Carey is to
go there and under the pretext of inspecting the mines and smelting works, find
him and kill him.
Carey soon realises that Joachim
Hochstetter son of Radagunda is the real name of Hepburn. It becomes clear that
he is a ruthless killer and will stop at nothing to remain a free man,
murdering all who knew about his plot to kill the King. Carey becomes a target
himself and is in constant fear of his life.
While carrying out his inspection
of the mines, much to his amazement, he finds more than he bargained for. A
very big secret is being kept and it becomes imperative that he reports his
discovery to the authorities. However, the people involved have other ideas and
are just as determined to prevent him.
There follows a desperate race for
his life through the endless tunnels of the mines. Not only must he evade his would-be
killers, but he must also overcome his great fear of enclosed dark spaces.Can he make it out alive and report his
important findings to the right people?
A fast-moving tale of the 1500's
which I thoroughly enjoyed. The description of Carey's fight against his
claustrophobia is great and his fear is quite palpable.
The story is made all the more
interesting by the fact that the Hochstetter family really did exist and lived
on Vicar's Island in Keswick. Mining and smelting were also carried out in the
area continuing until the seventeenth century.
This book will really appeal to
readers interested in the 1500's and how the people lived in those days, life
was really cheap. A great read.
F Chisholmis a pseudonym used by Patricia Finney.She has been writing since she was seven,
writing novels and screenplays since the age of fifteen and a published author
since she was 18. She has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.Her career to date has also included stints
as a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, property developer, hospital
administrator, pastry chef, stand-up comedian, film scriptwriter and
entrepreneur. She is now back in England after two and a half wonderful years
in the south of Spain where she learnt Spanish, a little flamenco dancing and how
to drink coffee and cognac at 8.00 in the morning.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.