by Martine Bailey
Destiny, prophecy and murder weave an intricate web in this beguiling historical mystery. Could a dark prophecy spell danger for Tabitha De Vallory and her unborn child?
Cheshire. May Day, 1753. Tabitha De Vallory believes her life is perfect: she has an imposing home with all the comforts she has ever desired, and is expecting her first child with doting husband Nathaniel De Vallory. But Tabitha’s happiness is shaken when a girl is slaughtered beneath the Mondrem Oak on the family’s forest estate. Recognizing the victim from her former scandalous life, Tabitha vows to find the killer.
Nearby, enigmatic Baptist Gunn and his followers are convinced that a second messiah will be born, amid blood and strife, close to the oak on Midsummer’s Day. Could the girl’s murder be linked to Gunn’s cryptic prophecy? Do his wild claims of a second saviour spell danger for Tabitha and her unborn child?
As Midsummer’s Day draws closer, Tabitha soon learns the destiny that threatens her and those she holds most dear . . .
Has Tabitha’s fate been decided? Beautifully crafted and alluring, full of dark deception, intrigue and terrifying foreboding, THE PROPHET is perfect for fans of THE MINIATURIST by JESSIE BURTON and SARAH DUNANT.
Genre: Historical Crime & Mystery
“Spooky historical detail enlivens a mystery thronged with suspects”
“Fans of Anna Lee Huber and Imogen Robertson will be pleased”
“Puzzle solvers and historians will love this mystery, and Bailey’s richly detailed story is perfect for fans of Ariana Franklin and Rhys Bowen”
Booklist on The Almanack
“Engrossing ... Historical fans are in for a treat”
Publishers Weekly on The Almanack
“Murderously dark and delightful”
Melissa Bailey on The Almanack
“Entertaining and engrossing tale ... a writer to watch”
Library Journal Starred Review of A Taste for Nightshade
“Plenty of local color, romance, intrigue, and deception”
Kirkus Reviews on A Taste for Nightshade
“Numerous plot twists, flashbacks, historical details, and a sympathetic main character, framed with an eerie, foreboding setting”
Booklist on A Taste for Nightshade
“Intelligent and engrossing reading ... this is a richly rewarding read”
The Sunday Times Best Summer Reads on A Taste for Nightshade (UK edition)
“A tasty confection of history, mystery and intrigue. Fans of such 18th century writers as James Boswell, Tobias Smollett, Henry Fielding and Samuel Richardson will savor this delicious read”
Library Journal Starred Review of An Appetite for Violets
The Prophet by Martine Bailey is available in the following formats
|Hardback||9780727891037||4th May 2021||145 X 222mm||256||$29.99|
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|Paperback||9781780297651||30th September 2021||140 X 215mm||256||£12.99|