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A valiant Crusader knight wearying of the long journey on foot home to England from the Holy Land after the Third Crusade decides to retire to a monastery in Greece. There he will write his eyewitness account of the heroic battles between Richard the Lionheart, King of England, and the mighty Salah al-Din. Centuries later an anonymous collector engages a French bookdealer to find that original rare manuscript and to smuggle it out of Greece. When the bookdealer is found dead in his flat in Bordeaux and the ruins of an ancient monastery in an isolated valley in Greece are mysteriousy disturbed, Commissaire Pierre Rousseau and Chief Inspector Antonia Antoniarchis begin their third investigation together in the endless quest to prevent precious ancient artefacts from being stolen away from Greece.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 441 KB
Print Length: 223 pages
Publisher: The Vidocq Press; 3 edition (1 Dec 2012)
After publishing several French text books during my career in education I am now enjoying writing fiction. This started in part due to a challenge from my daughters who suggested I try fiction instead of 'all those boring text books'! My novels still reflect my love of languages and travelling and so have an international flavour, both in terms of the characters and locations. Another enthusiasm is photography and this has influenced the very visual way in which I describe places and people.
Joker in the Pack (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004KSQ1I8),
is a spy novel in which a former student radical in the 60s, David Raffo, now a Cabinet Minister decides to investigate the file MI5 kept on him in the past in an attempt to identify those who informed on him. Word quickly spreads and threatening emails appear on his pc. It becomes clear that someone high up in the secret services is desperate not to have his identity revealed. As David and his researcher, Anna, get closer to identifying all the informers it becomes clear that the final clues lie in Prague. David had gone there with a student delegation just days before the Russian invasion crushed the Prague Spring of 1968. Anna goes to Prague and is helped by an old girlfriend of David's, but their lives are put in danger by unexpected CIA involvement...
The Pierre Rousseau Mysteries series:
Achilles' Helmet, http://amzn.to/siRgeq
The Athenian Connection, http://amzn.to/IU7kSO
The Crusader's Chronicle, http://amzn.to/UxyRgI
Return to the Parthenon, http://amzn.to/VRjgh7
This series features French and Greek detectives who are fighting to prevent the illegal export of stolen works of art.
In fact (not fiction,the smuggling and theft of ancient artefacts is a serious problem, not helped by the willingmess of collectors, museums and auction houses to close an eye when the provenance of such items is not properly documented. See @ChasingAphrodit for regular updates on the problem.
Secret collectors commission thefts to order and a colourful gang of Italian tombaroli, tomb robbers, do the spade work. The settings are in France, Italy, Greece, England and Scotland with an international cast of detectives and villains. There is treachery, murder, kidnap and romance.
If you like 'foreign' detectives such as Aurelio Zen and Guido Brunetti then you will love Commissaire Pierre Rousseau and Chief Inspector Antonia Antoniarchis.
First chapters are on my website: http://www.vidocqpress.com for you to sample. All my novels are available on Kindle.
Commissaire Pierre Rousseau now has his own blog too> http://www.vidocqpress.blogspot.com
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The main problem for me with this book was that it was poorly researched. I love to read books set in Greece and know this Crusade period pretty well. It was a nice premise, but the story just did not hang together.