Comte Luc de St Pierre du Vivier lost his father to the guillotine, his mother to grief, and his inheritance to the revolutionaries. He becomes Luke Peters when forced to earn his living in England. All he saves is his sister Sylvie, now living with their English grandparents in an Oxfordshire vicarage, and a rumour of jewels secreted by his father, and connected in some way to the Earl of Redditch.
When the Frenchman Bossard is seen in Oxford, intent both on revenge for his fellow revolutionary's death at Luke's hands, and on forcing Sylvie to reveal the secret of the hidden jewels, Luke finds employment at the Earl's London house. He hopes to conceal where Sylvie lives. Promoted to valet, he is suspected of murder when the Earl dies. Cyanide has been added to his morning chocolate. To clear his name Luke must discover which of the Earl's unpleasant family or disaffected servants is responsible. Is it the extravagant Countess or the feebly lecherous Viscount? Might the whining nephew Frederick and his plebeian wife Amelia, who seem to care only for their brattish son Willie, have somehow arranged it? Could it be the butler, summarily dismissed, the cook who flounced out in a fury, or any of the other servants? The Earl was a difficult master.
About the Author
Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. Getting published, though, is something really special, and having been so fortunate myself I now try to help aspiring writers by handing on tips it took me years to work out. I've published over 60 titles, including four in the How To Books' Successful Writing Series, and Writing Historical Fiction for Studymates. I have judged short story competitions, been a final judge for the Harry Bowling Prize and was an adviser to the 3rd edition of Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers 1994. If you want to find out more about your favourite authors, consult this book. I once wrote an article on writing romantic fiction for the BBC's web page, for Valentine's day. I have given talks and workshops for the Arts Council and at most of the major Writing Conferences, and helped establish the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual conference. I was Chairman of the RNA 1991-3, ran their New Writers' Scheme and edited their newsletter. I am now a Vice-President. As well as writing I have edited books for Transita, featuring women 'of a certain age', and for Choc Lit where gorgeous heros are the norm. I was asked to write A Century of Achievement, a 290 page history of my old school, Queen Mary's High School, Walsall, and commissioned to write a book on Castles and Corvedale to accompany a new circular walk in the area. Most of my Regencies written under the pseudonym Sally James are now published in ebook format as well as many others of my out of print novels which my husband is putting into ebook format. Our daughter Debbie is helping with designing the covers. For details of all my books and my many pseudonyms see my website.