The Muscovy Chain
Author: John Pilkington
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Release Date: January 13, 2020
Thomas the Falconer Mystery Series - Book 7
'English history fans who don't know the Thomas the Falconer series should get up to speed quickly.' Booklist
Thomas Finbow, keen-eyed falconer to Sir Robert Vicary of Petbury Manor, confronts the most terrible adversary he has ever faced.
Thomas’s master Sir Robert is charged by Queen Elizabeth’s Council to host an important guest to help valuable trade relations: Grigori Stanic, ambassador of distant Muscovy, in Russia.
Not only will Thomas entertain Stanic’s party, His Excellency being a keen hawking man - he must also guard a priceless gift for Boris Godunov, the most important man at the Tsar’s Court: a magnificent gold chain with jewelled pendant.
But no sooner has it arrived at Petbury than it is stolen, risking a disastrous diplomatic incident.
As the desperate hunt for the Muscovy Chain begins, a shadowy figure is seen on the Downs, sowing fear in the community. Is he the thief – or worse, is he responsible for a murder, the victim having been brutally tortured?
The cause of the Chain’s disappearance, however, turns out to be more than one of mere theft, when bitter secrets emerge among Stanic’s divided followers.
But for Thomas the finding of the precious gift is not the end. This time he meets his match – and faces his possible death.
Recommended for fans of CJ Sansom, Michael Jecks and Rory Clements.
John Pilkington was born in Preston, into one of the oldest Lancashire families. He writes historical fiction as well as drama which has been adapted for radio, theatre and tv.
Praise for John Pilkington:
‘A sturdy and entertaining historical for fans of Elizabethan mysteries’ Library Journal
‘This latest entry in Pilkington’s Thomas the Falconer series is a vigorous adventure featuring a likeable hero, an intriguing plot and a fine sense of period ambience.’ Booklist