Thursday 13 April 2023

πŸ“– Publication Day Review ~ Rivers of Treason by K J Maitland

Headline Review
13 April 2023

Daniel Pursglove #3

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

From the stark Yorkshire landscape to the dark underbelly of Jacobean London, Daniel Pursglove's new mission sees him fall prey to a ruthless copycat killer...

London, 1607. As dawn breaks, Daniel Pursglove rides north, away from the watchful eye of the King and his spies.

He returns, disguised, to his childhood home in Yorkshire - with his own score to settle. The locals have little reason to trust a prying stranger, and those who remember Daniel do so with contempt.

When a body is found with rope burns about the neck, Daniel falls under suspicion. On the run, across the country, he is pursued by a ruthless killer whose victims all share the same gallows mark. Are these the crimes of someone with a cruel personal vendetta - or has Daniel become embroiled in a bigger, and far more sinister, conspiracy?

A new river of treason is rising, flowing from the fields of Yorkshire right to the heart of the King's court...

πŸ“– My Review..

This is now the third book in the Daniel Pursglove series of historical mysteries and once again we meet Daniel when he is embroiled in the shady world of intelligencers and conspirators. Never one for making life easy for himself we travel with Daniel back to his native Yorkshire where he attempts to make sense of his past and of the secrets which have been hidden there for so long. 

With a new King barely settled onto his throne, this new Jacobean age is a time of unease and religious mistrust. People are naturally wary of strangers and Daniel, ever the master of disguise, and subterfuge, discovers that he must keep his considerable wits about him as he seeks to keep one step ahead of those dangerous individuals who seek to pursue him, almost to death. Drawn into a ring of conspiracy, Daniel neither knows nor understands what the aim of the game is however, the one thing he knows for certain is that there is someone following him who is intent on harm.

This series just continues to go from strength to strength, meticulously researched, as always, and beautifully atmospheric, we walk the same mud encrusted streets as Daniel, we share a pot of small beer in dusty taverns and listen in on clandestine conversations which drop us very firmly in England in 1607. The story ends on something of a cliffhanger which lends itself very nicely to a further continuation of this excellent historical series.

K J Maitland is an historical novelist, lecturer and teacher of Creative Writing, with over twenty books to her name. She grew up in Malta, which inspired her passion for history, and travelled and worked all over the world before settling in the United Kingdom. She has a doctorate in psycho linguistics, and now lives on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

Twitter #KJMaitland #RiversofTreason #DanielPursglove


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