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Set in the early 18th century, this tale continues the adventure of the earl-turned-masked highwayman Blue Satan and his true-hearted friend Mrs. Kean. An outlaw with a price on his head, Gideon Viscount St. Mars accepts a risky commission from James Stuart, the Pretender and aspirant to the throne of Britain, in the hopes of regaining his estates. However, upon returning to England from his exile in France, Gideon finds Mrs. Kean entangled in a nest of Jacobite spies. When one of them is murdered, Gideon must ...
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The Spider's Touch

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Overview


Set in the early 18th century, this tale continues the adventure of the earl-turned-masked highwayman Blue Satan and his true-hearted friend Mrs. Kean. An outlaw with a price on his head, Gideon Viscount St. Mars accepts a risky commission from James Stuart, the Pretender and aspirant to the throne of Britain, in the hopes of regaining his estates. However, upon returning to England from his exile in France, Gideon finds Mrs. Kean entangled in a nest of Jacobite spies. When one of them is murdered, Gideon must choose between his allegiance to James and his concern for Mrs. Kean before uncovering the killer. This story transports readers back to an era unrivaled in elegance, romantic adventure, and disguise.
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Themysteryplace.com
"Well plotted with a cast of intriguing characters....A book to savor."
Murder: Past Tense
"The characters are...colorful, the plot...intricate."
Library Journal
Following The Birth of Blue Satan, this stunning second entry in Wynn's series pursues the fortunes of Gideon Viscount St. Mars, otherwise known as the highwayman Blue Satan, and his friend Hester Kean. It is 1715, and George I has just ascended the English throne, causing heart palpitations among the ardent supporters of James Stuart, the exiled Pretender. Gideon, unjustly accused of the murder of his father, leaves his own French exile on a fact-finding mission for James but refuses complete allegiance. Hester, meanwhile, suffers (somewhat) in the retinue of the Earl of Hawkhurst, the man who holds Gideon's rightful place in England. A subsequent murder close to Hester brings the two together again. This glorious, thoroughly authentic historical is for most collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"Well plotted with a cast of intriguing characters....A book to savor."  —Themysteryplace.com

"The characters are...colorful, the plot...intricate."  —Murder: Past Tense quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610845373
  • Publisher: Belgrave House
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 881 KB

Meet the Author


Patricia Wynn is the author of the award-winning Blue Satan mystery series and 10 historical romances, and is a frequent speaker at mystery, writing, and historical-novel conventions. She lives in Newport Beach, California.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    winning early eighteenth century tale

    In 1715, Lord Gideon St. Mars remains exiled in France, as he is considered an outlaw in England. Though he enjoys his freedom he needs to prove he was not a Jacobite murderer (see THE BIRTH OF BLUE SATAN). His friend, Hester Kean still resides at Gideon¿s beloved Hawkhurst since her companion her cousin Isabella married the replacement aristocrat. Pretender King James offers Gideon the return of his estate if he joins his cause. Gideon sees this as a chance to right the unfair injustice he suffered so he agrees. James sends him to England to meet with the head of his army to learn when the rebellion will begin. However, when Gideon sees Hester enter the home of a Jacobite, he warns her to beware of whom she befriends. Not long afterward a murder at a Theater private box points towards Isabella's brother as the culprit. Hester asks Gideon to clear the Hawkhurst name as only he as the Blue Satan can do. THE SPIDER'S TOUCH is a delightful sequel that fans of historical novels will relish perhaps even more than mystery afficiandos. Much of the book sets the era and location with fascinating tidbits that enable the audience to feel Gideon¿s frustrations accented by no rights except in exile or rebellion and how James the Pretender impatiently waits for his men to move. The murder mystery and the appearance of the Blue Satan come late in the tale, but the who-done-it is clever and Gideon is a delight whether he darns his alter ego or not. Patricia Wynn provides a winning story that early eighteenth century readers will appreciate. Harriet Klausner

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