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Dark Deceit [Kindle Edition]

Cathie Dunn
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On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight's only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor, investigating the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty.

Left to defend her manor following her father's death, Alleyne de Bellac reluctantly accepts Geoffrey's support. As she doesn't trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d'Arques, an old friend, for help. But loyalties change. Her life in danger and her inheritance at stake, Alleyne must decide which man to trust.

Discover England and Normandy divided by a brutal civil war, where vows are broken as allegiances waver.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (11 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075XY8OO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cathie Dunn writes romantic suspense & adventure set in Scotland, England and Normandy. A hobby historian, her focus is on medieval and Jacobite eras.

Her first novel, Highland Arms, a romantic Scottish adventure, is published with The Wild Rose Press. Smugglers, Jacobites, Highland rebellions - and a heroine with an insatiable curiosity. But dangers await.

Dark Deceit, the first in The Anarchy Trilogy, is published with Crooked Cat Publishing. Set in 1140s England and Normandy, Dark Deceit weaves a tale of murder, changing loyalties, betrayal and hope.

Silent Deception, a romantic spooky novella set in Victorian Cornwall, is available from Amazon. A young heiress uncovers a dark family secret.

Cathie's research often takes her to the most breathtaking landscapes which she finds immensely inspiring. She currently works on a contemporary romantic suspense set in Idaho, US, and a historical Scottish romance.

Cathie lives in Scotland.

Discover more about Cathie at www.cathiedunn.com!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 7 April 2012
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This was a fast paced book that gave interesting insights into life in the times of King Stephen, not a period I was familiar with. The characters lived on the page and were intriguing. The plight of women, in particular, was fascinating. Not only the over-protected Alleyne, suddenly on her own and with no experience of the world making stupid mistakes, but also the poor women used and abused and cast aside by society. Lots of twists and turns, this kept me reading when I ought to have been doing other things.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you like Historical Novels with believable characters, settings, conflicts and a touch of romance, I readily recommend this book.

This is the first book in what promises to be a memorable trilogy.

In Dark Deceit, Cathie Dunn has incorporated all the necessary characters, settings, conflicts and resolutions required to ensure a captivating and easy to read historical novel.

Set amidst the unrest of an a civil war c.1140's, the throne of England is up for grabs. King Stephen has been imprisoned Empress Matilda seeks to be crowned Queen in his place.

Following a battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester is on route to join the Empress on her route to London to secure the thrown. En-route, he and his men happen upon a knight under ambush. They enter the fray and rescue the stricken knight, but not before the final throw of an axe lands, striking what would become a fatal blow.

Geoffrey and his men are convinced that this was no ordinary ambush. He suspects the attackers to have been mercenaries, but who had ordered the attack and why?

Leaving the gravely injured knight in capable hands, Geoffrey sets out with his Sergent Guy to carry the news to the knights Daughter, Alleyne de Bellac, and to fulfil his promise to protect her and his estate until his return.

Expecting a damsel in distress, Geoffrey is captivated by the strength and beauty of the young woman he finds awaiting her fathers return. Alleyne is also captivated by the man who brings news of her fathers attack.

When news of her father's death arrives just days after Geoffrey, Alleyne is faced with an uncertain future. Un-married, she has no protector for her or her estates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 11 Mar 2012
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If asked which character I identified most with in Dark Deceit I would have to say it was with Geoffrey de Mortagne. What a patient man! Being rejected is not something that puts Geoffrey down for long. He is a strong character, a leader of men, true to his oaths, but has flaws-Alleyne de Bellac is his biggest. The fact that he is steadfast in protecting Alleyne through thick and thin is wonderful to read. Cathie Dunn portrays a very human hero in Goeffrey, and yet there is an aloofness that is totally in keeping for the hero in the Historical genre. As to the heroine I found her shallow-at first. She is a young woman who has a lot to learn about the harsh world of medieval times. From the outset her mind is made up about who carries blame and who is trustworthy- not easily swayed to change her mind. She makes some poor choices, especially in her trust of Will d'Arques, BUT she does learn as the story unfolds. Physical and moral support are not only given by Geoffrey, I look forward to the next book to see if supporting characters, Guy for example, has a story to tell. Dark Deceit is great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal lives in a land in chaos 4 Sep 2012
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Cathie Dunn is a writer of historical fiction in the tradition established by Sir Walter Scott, except that, reflecting the way in which historical fiction has evolved in the 21st Century, it is far more meticulously researched. It is set against the somewhat obscure period of Anglo-Norman history (perhaps a little less obscure now than it was a few years ago, as a result of Helen Castor's TV series, The She-Wolves of England) dominated by civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda for the crown of England and the Duchy of Normandy (1139-1154). It is not a novel of the great events or the most powerful figures of the age. The reader is not an eye-witness to the Battle of Lincoln, and does not meet Stephen or Matilda, or other key figures such as Robert of Gloucester or Waleron de Beaumont, although they are very much in the background. Instead, Dunn presents a credible picture of a land that is both ungoverned and ungovernable, in which appointed law officers have no law to keep, in which mercenaries roam the land raping and plundering at will, and in which nobody knows who they can trust. At its heart is a beautiful heiress, courted by several men, but unsure of their true intentions; a bitter rivalry between former friends; and jealousy between two brothers. The main characters all belong to the minor nobility, and we are invited to explore the impact of total political chaos on the personal lives of these people, whose concerns, ordinarily, would be with the administration of their estates, and of justice on a very local level. It is fast-paced, with plenty of action, realistically portrayed, and a fair amount of romance, though always with an edge. The descriptions of place are faultless. A thoroughly good read.
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