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Brother's Blood
The History Press
ISBN: 9780750966146

Written under the name C. B. Hanley

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August, 1217. The war for the throne of England is far from over, but as commoner-turned-earl’s-man Edwin Weaver waits to see which way his lord William de Warenne will turn next, a messenger arrives from Roche Abbey: one of the monks has been murdered. The abbot needs help to find the killer, and he needs it quickly. Edwin and his friend Martin, the earl’s squire, soon find themselves trapped in the unfamiliar and claustrophobic confines of the abbey, where faces are hidden, where a calm exterior can mask inner pain and seething resentment, and where a killer walks among his brothers. As he finds himself drawn deeper into the abbey’s web, Edwin realises that his future might lie along a different path from the one he anticipated. Torn, he must not only discover the identity of the murderer, but must also decide where his real duty lies.






Whited Sepulchres

The History Press
ISBN:
9780750956826

Written under the name C. B. Hanley


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1217: Commoner-turned-earl’s-man Edwin Weaver has returned to Conisbrough Castle after his blood-soaked adventure in Lincoln. Shaken, and now carrying a dagger for protection, he has no chance to rest, for preparations are already underway for a noble wedding. But his weapon will be little help against the armed band of outlaws terrorising the area. The situation escalates when the household marshal is murdered under the earl’s own roof, and Edwin is asked to resolve the situation before the wedding plans can be jeopardised. The marshal was an unpopular man, but Edwin is convinced that there is more to his death than meets the eye. As he digs deeper, he realises that the killer’s true target might be someone much closer to home. With few likely to believe his theory, Edwin must choose between public ridicule, humiliation and even banishment if he speaks out, or staying silent, and praying that no one else will die.



The Bloody City
The History Press
ISBN:
9780752497044

Written under the name C. B. Hanley

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1217: Lincoln is not a safe place to be. A French army has captured the city, and the terrified citizens huddle in the rubble of their homes as the castle, the last remaining loyal stronghold in the region, is besieged. Edwin Weaver finds himself riding into grave danger after his lord volunteers him for a perilous mission: he must infiltrate the city, identify the traitors who are helping the enemy, and return to pass on the intelligence. The last man who attempted such a thing was captured by the French, his head hacked off and catapulted over the castle wall as a warning. The city is awash with violence and blood, and Edwin is pushed to the limit as he has to decide what he is prepared to do to protect others. He might be willing to lay down his own life, but would he, could he, kill?


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The Sins of the Father

The History Press

ISBN: 9780752480916

Written under the name C.B. Hanley

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In the darkness of an underground cell, a boy is murdered. The very next day, a husband and wife are slaughtered in their home, which is burnt to the ground. The memory of these dark deeds is hidden forever, or so it is thought …

Edwin Weaver has led an uneventful life until now. His father is the bailiff at Conisbrough castle, responsible for law and order on the estate, but the most exciting thing which ever happens is a dispute over a few yards of land. All this changes when his father becomes ill and when the earl their master becomes involved in the civil war which is tearing the realm asunder. Suddenly Edwin is propelled into a different world, one which he finds hard to understand.

A visiting lord seeking evidence of treachery is murdered, and Edwin is given the arduous task of finding the culprit. His findings may have an effect not only on the people of Conisbrough, but also on the outcome of the war and the future of the kingdom, and he has only been given two days to come up with an answer.


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