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OSWALD DE LACY SERIES

S.D. Sykes

  • Original Title: OSWALD DE LACY SERIES
  • Publication date: September 2014
  • Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON
  • Country: GB
  • 352 print pages
  • Suspense/Mystery

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 14th century
  • Location setting: Italy, United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Conspiracy, Injustice, Identity fraud, Survival, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, Obscurantism, Fanaticism, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Loyalty

Pitch

Oswald de Lacy never expected to become Lord of Somershill Manor in West Kent. But then his father and brothers died from the plague that had returned in 1349 and he was recalled home to become the new Lord, a task for which he was totally unprepared. In book 1, as he is just back, he is confronted by the shocking death of a young woman,


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Translation rights sold for Book 4: US

Book 4, THE BONE FIRE, just published in July 2019

Each books can be read as a stand-alone mystery, or as part of a series

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

'The whodunnit aspect is neatly done, the family secrets and waspish relationships are intriguing, and humour and originality are abundant' Daily Mail

S.D. Sykes has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam and attended the novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative where she was inspired to finish her first novel after a career in marketing and commerce. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding.

Summary

Book 1- PLAGUE LAND

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 the Plague, 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.

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  • Author’s biography

    S.D. Sykes has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam and attended the novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative where she was inspired to finish her first novel after a career in marketing and commerce. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding. She has a passion for history, particularly the more gruesome and grisly side of medieval life. She lives in Kent.