Suicide or murder? Betrayal is Seb Foxley's fourth murder mystery:
As medieval Londoners joyously prepare for the Christmas celebrations, goldsmith Lawrence Ducket is involved in a street brawl. Fearful that his opponent is dying from his injuries, Lawrence seeks sanctuary in a church nearby....
... and click on this image below and you can read a collection of my letters, as well as more from Jude, Emily and Jack
Greetings, my name is Sebastian, my brother Jude and I are from Foxley, a small village in Norfolk, just a few miles north west of Norwich.
I was born in 1453, I believe that was the year our lord king Henry, the sixth of that name, lost his reason; Jude is nearly three years my senior. I'm an illuminator and Jude a scribe and we now work near St Paul's Cathedral in the city of London, producing illuminated manuscripts. Most people in our trade work around here; stationers and book-binders even store their paper in the cathedral crypt.
St Paul's Cathedral c1475
The late autumn grass, frost-rimed, crunched beneath his feet as he trudged towards his favoured spot beneath an oak tree, beside the Horse Pool.
The hedgerow was aglow with jewels amongst the last yellowing leaves; each gem dusted with frost – haws and rosehips like rubies, sloes dark as sapphires, delicate-hued pearls of bryony. But his artist’s eye was drawn to the diamond-strung cobwebs that draped the brambles.....
The water of the Horse Pool held a wafer of ice around the rim, freezing the faded reeds in place, upright as sentinels. Not a whisper of wind disturbed the unfrozen water further out, where a lone swan sat serenely upon her perfect reflection, the feathers of her folded wings gilt-edged by the strengthening light.
I am indebted to the talented artist Dmitry Yakhovsky, from Minsk in Belarus, for the beautiful designs of my book covers and the creation of our hero Seb Foxley. Not forgetting my publisher, Tim Ridgway at MadeGlobal.com