Lovers & Cheats
It is 1626 and Alice Edwards, newly married to Henry Jerrard, arrives at his home High Stoke to find the estate failing and divided against itself. His incompetent cousin Isabel rules over resentful servants beset by jealousy and ambition. In the venomous atmosphere, conflict soon erupts between Alice and Henry.
The sudden death of a maidservant gives the local coroner a chance to pursue his own dark agenda, and when the young man he accuses escapes custody, Alice joins forces with neighbour Justice Egerton to discover what really happened.
Tensions rise as Alice repeatedly stands between Isabel and the household servants, and Isabel’s simmering resentment increases by the day. With the household’s loyalty shifting in favour of Alice, the disappearance of another maidservant results in the revelation that the coroner has his own reasons for wanting Henry and Alice out of the way.
Accused of murder, how will Alice not only prove her innocence, but also find a way to rescue the High Stoke estate?
Published: 26 March 2016
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