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About the author:
I have been writing fiction for ten years, completing one historical novel series and beginning another. I started writing novels by accident, because I had a class assignment to fulfill. But once I'd started, I couldn't stop.
I write historical novels because I've loved reading them all my life. When I was a child, I would lie on my bed reading Jean Plaidy's novels about the Tudors, or Georgette Heyer's novels about Regency England. In reading these novels, I was struck by how different the lives of women were in the past from the way they are today.
My professional life has been multifarious and challenging. I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland, and have done research in cognition and perception. I've also been a violinist, a science writer, and a medical writer. I bring to my novels these varied experiences, as well as an old-fashioned sensibility and respect for the past.
Two Murders Reaped
The fourth in a saga about the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles, whose family feud started the "Cousin's War", now known as the Wars of the Roses, told by Cecily "Cecylee" Neville (1415-1495), the Thwarted Queen
Cynthia Sally Haggard
TWO MURDERS REAPED is the fourth volume in a series of four books about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. To those of you who enjoyed Anne Easter Smith's historical novel about Cecily, TWO MURDERS REAPED uncovers the last thirty-five years of Cecylee's life.
It is in October, 1459. Cecylee is forty-four years old and has been abandoned at Ludlow Castle by her husband, Richard Duke of York, who has fled to elude capture. Yet Cecylee calmly walks down to the marketplace in Rouen, and waits for the Lancastrian army.
What happens next is something that Cecylee could not have imagined in her worst nightmare.
After the murder of her husband, the House of York regroups under her bastard son Edward, who wins two decisive battles, and becomes King Edward IV. Cecylee is in her element. As the young king's mother, her views and opinions carry weight.
But Cecylee's contentment does not last long. Edward makes a disastrous marriage to Élisabeth Woodville, the poor widow of a Lancastrian knight, thus displacing Cecylee. Titling herself Queen by Right, she refuses to move out of the Queen's apartments.
Worse follows. Cecylee loathes her coldly beautiful daughter-in-law, and nicknames her The Serpent. One day, she spills a secret that should have remained locked in her heart, and the whole world turns against her.
- Publication Date:
- 0984816933 / 9780984816934
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Historical / General