The Motive From the DeedBook - 2007
In 1715 England, as the Jacobite Rebellion begins, Hester Kean's brother Jeremy is accused of killing an infamous publisher and bookseller. As she and the outlawed Viscount St. Mars (Blue Satan) work to solve the murder, they foil a plan to destroy King George's arsenal. Third in the award-winning Blue Satan mystery series. Hardcover. First printing.
It is 1715, the first year in the reign of George I, and the Jacobites (followers of James Stuart) launch the rebellion that will become known as the “Fifteen.” Against this backdrop, Hester Kean, waiting woman to her cousin, the Countess of Hawkhurst, learns that her brother Jeremy, whom she has not seen in five years, has been arrested for treason. Jeremy has eked out a living as a chapbook writer for a notorious bookseller in Fleet Street. The charges against him and his patron Mr. Curry prove false. But later, when Mr. Curry is found throttled in his bookstall up against St. Dunstan's Church, Jeremy is accused of the murder. With the Engligh Court bracing itself for civil war, Hester once again turns to the mysterious highwayman Blue Satan to help her prove her brother's innocence.Blue Satan, the outlawed Viscount St. Mars, has ridden to Bar-le-Duc in Lorraine to persuade the Pretender James Stuart to delay the rebellion that could regain him his throne. St. Mars has reluctantly been drawn into the conspiracy, both in honor of his father, a confirmed Jacobite, and in hopes of being pardoned, should James be reinstated as king. But, surrounded by ambitious men, James will not listen to reason. He dismisses St. Mars, who must enter England disguised as a groom in the service of Fanny Oglethorpe, sister of James Oglethorpe (founder of Georgia Colony) and a Jacobite spy. He returns, just as the rebellion starts, to find Mistress Kean in need. Between them, Hester and Blue Satan uncover the secrets hidden in the ancient crypt of St. Dunstan''s, involving greed, treachery, and treason. One of these has led to murder, but again St. Mars must question his loyalty to a cause doomed to failure.
Independent Publishing Group
In the third adventure of the Blue Satan Mystery series, Mrs. Kean and the earl-turned-highwayman Blue Satan solve a murder against a backdrop of espionage and treason. In the fall of 1715, supporters of the Pretender James Stuart launch a revolution that threatens to overthrow George I. As a result, all Roman Catholics have been banished from the city of London and freedom of speech is greatly restricted. Accused of printing seditious pamphlets, Mrs. Kean’s brother Jeremy has been sent to Newgate prison, where he soon finds himself charged with murder. Steadfastly maintaining his innocence, Jeremy turns to the duo to help save his life. However, Mrs. Kean and Blue Satan can only uncover the motive that reveals the killer by first understanding the murderous deed.