Dark Deceit


Dark Deceit

The first in The Anarchy Trilogy


On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight’s only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor, investigating the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty.

Left to defend her manor following her father’s death, Alleyne de Bellac reluctantly accepts Geoffrey’s support. As she doesn’t trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d’Arques, an old friend, for help. But loyalties change. Her life in danger and her inheritance at stake, Alleyne must decide which man to trust.

Discover England and Normandy divided by a brutal civil war, where vows are broken as allegiances waver.


The first in The Anarchy Trilogy, Dark Deceit weaves a tale of murder, betrayal, loss and hope. Set in 1140s England and Normandy, amidst the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda, a young lady learns the hard way whom she can trust, whilst an under-sheriff and spy resolves a riddle of a more personal kind.


Praise for Dark Deceit:
"captivating characters and vivid descriptions ... very well researched storyline and its crafty mix of fiction and history ... an engrossing read that I highly recommend."
5*, Booked Up Reviews
"Readers of historical fiction will love every page of this exciting story."
5*, Readers Favorite
"If you like Historical Novels with believable characters, settings, conflicts and a touch of romance, I readily recommend this book."
The Accidental Poet


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