Plague Land (Somershill Manor Series #1)

Plague Land (Somershill Manor Series #1)

by S. D. Sykes


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In this chilling historical mystery, young girls go missing from a medieval English village and Lord Oswald de Lacy must find the killer before tragedy strikes again.

Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Despatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and two older brothers are killed by the Plague, Oswald has no experience of running an estate. He finds the years of pestilence and neglect have changed the old place dramatically, not to mention the attitude of the surviving peasants.

Yet some things never change. Oswald's mother remains the powerful matriarch of the family, and his sister Clemence simmers in the background, dangerous and unmarried.

Before he can do anything, Oswald is confronted by the shocking death of a young woman, Alison Starvecrow. The ambitious village priest claims that Alison was killed by a band of demonic dog-headed men. Oswald is certain this is nonsense, but proving it—by finding the real murderer—is quite a different matter. Every step he takes seems to lead Oswald deeper into a dark maze of political intrigue, family secrets and violent strife.

And then the body of another girl is found.

Sarah Sykes brilliantly evokes the landscape and people of medieval Kent in this thrillingly suspenseful debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605989808
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Series: Somershill Manor Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 708,300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

S. D. Sykesreceived an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam in England and is the author of Plague Land,The Butcher Bird, and City of Masks, all available from Pegasus Crime.She lives in England.

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Plague Land 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was unable to read past the 1st page....sad, horrifying..
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
A Medieval Murder Mystery My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock! Lord Oswald de Lacy has returned to Sommerhill Manor to rule as Lord after the Great Plague killed his father and two older brothers. He was to go into Holy Orders, common for the third son at the time. He has no training whatsoever in taking care of an estate. Now as he is the only de Lacy male, he is forced to become a man a bit too soon. A young girl is found murdered in the lands surrounding Sommerhill Manor. Her name is Alison Starvecrow, and she has been murdered with a knife. Unfortunately for Oscar, a pompous priest named Father John of Cornwall usurps his authority and claims the girl was slain by the dog-headed men. The more Lord de Lacy tries to get back to finding the murderer, the more Father John whips the people’s superstitions. Then the sister of Alison, Matilda Starvecrow disappears… This story starts the Sommerhill Manor mysteries, which go on the sequel, The Butcher Bird by the same author. It is a time of fear and loathing in England and the Bubonic plague has devastated the country, killing thousands. Entire households are wiped out by The Black Death. With the terrible disease, superstition held sway of the populace, and there were Church Elders who used it for their own personal gain. From his rather quiet life at the Monastery, young Oscar de Lacy is thrust into the chaotic mess of trying to run an estate. Father John of Cornwall is a cunning man, and sensing de Lacy’s inexperience works hard to bring the Lord of Sommerhill down. The pace is swift and the plot is frantic. The action brings Oscar to the brink of destruction as the power of John of Cornwall spirals out of control. Oscar has arrested a woman for the murder of Alison Starvecrow, but he cannot prove it. Father John insists that the devil in the form of the dog-headed men has done the deed. The truth of what happens is brilliant! I have no intention of spoiling anything. I will say that I do not think you will see this one coming. You will enjoy the book very much I am sure! I give this book five stars! Quoth the Raven…
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good view of 14 century manor life and a challenging murder mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago