A Rustle of Silk
by Alys Clare

June, 1604. When the emaciated body of a vagrant is found on the edge of the moor, it’s the verdict of physician Gabriel Taverner that the man died of natural causes – but is all as it seems? Who was the dead man, and why had he come to the small West Country village of Tavy St Luke’s to die cold, sick and alone? With no one claiming to have known him, his identity remains a mystery.

Then a discovery found buried in a nearby field throws a strange new light on the case … and in attempting to find the answers, Gabriel Taverner and Coroner Theophilus Davey unearth a series of shocking secrets stretching back more than fourteen years.


“Wonderfully authentic period details, larger-than-life characters, a thought-provoking plot, and an affecting and powerful conclusion make this one of Clare's best.”

Booklist Starred Review

“The story keeps readers guessing and increasingly invested in the core group of finely nuanced characters... Clare reinforces her place among the top rank of historical writers.”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Readers will enjoy treading the path as Gabriel does, joining him on the classic search: whodunit?!”

Historical Novel Society

Alys Clare

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She is also the author of the Hawkenlye, Aelf Fen and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

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A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278865691st October 2018145 X 225mm240$28.99
Hardback978072788656930th September 2016145 X 225mm240£20.99
Ebook978178010824720th December 2016N/A256$10.99
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Hardback - Large Print978072789592931st May 2019142 X 222mm336$36.95
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