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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 thePlague, 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.

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


This book is a very excellent read i read in two days i was so interested in the story i found it fascinating

The story told from Oswald point of view he now inherit somerhill manor he was take out the monastery to take rein when his dad and brother die he seem to be struggling to cope Oswald mum still remains the powerful matriarch of the family i did not like her at all

His sister not very nice she was a very dangerous young lady you could see why she was not married she was alway in the background he needed to watch her i felt did you like her?

The black death plague had taken it toll on the village and Oswald had no experience of running a estate he was only 17 years the attitude of the village peasants was not good

But Oswald a clever and intelligent young man he can change things soon a young girl body is found he is now forced into the role of being a detective because he is so certain that the local priest is talking nonsense he was saying the girl Alice was killed by a group of dog headed man he seem to grown as the book goes on

The description bring the story alive it so well researched i like how the historical details were brought into the plot you just seem to be there with them living in this rural medieval time

All the characters were so strong and memorable you will just love them the murders were just so gripping you will be left guess right up to the end it packed with twists and turns. As Oswald trying to solve the killings he uncovers lots of family secrets it so gripping

The book show you a very good picture of life in then days it just so good

SD sykes is a very talented author has style is very different and unique i like the humour in story too he clearly has a passion for this period just a fab read

4 stars

About the Author
SD Sykes lives in Kent with her family and various animals. She has done everything from professional dog-walking to co-founding her own successful business. She is a graduate from Manchester University and has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam. She attended the novel writing course at literary agents Curtis Brown where she was inspired to finish her first novel. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding.


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