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An Honourable Thief by Douglas Skelton #BookTour @DouglasSkelton1 @lovebookstours @canelo_co

Happy Friday, friends! I am delighted to kick off the weekend with something from an exceptionally talented author…

1715. Jonas Flynt, ex-soldier and reluctant member of the Company of Rogues, a shady intelligence group run by ruthless spymaster Nathaniel Charters, is ordered to recover a missing document. Its contents could prove devastating in the wrong hands.

On her deathbed, the late Queen Anne may have promised the nation to her half-brother James, the Old Pretender, rather than the new king, George I. But the will has been lost. It may decide the fate of the nation.

The crown must recover it at all costs.

The trail takes Jonas from the dark and dangerous streets of London to an Edinburgh in chaos. He soon realises there are others on the hunt, and becomes embroiled in a long overdue family reunion, a jail break and a brutal street riot.

When secrets finally come to light, about the crown and about his own past, Jonas will learn that some truths, once discovered, can never be untold…

An atmospheric and utterly compelling blend of crime, history and thriller, to delight fans of S. J. Parris, Andrew Taylor and C. J. Sansom.

Kensington Palace, August 1714

The sound of breathing seemed to fill rooms, escape into corridors, tumble down staircases, echo from wainscotting and mouldings. Colonel Nathaniel Charters felt he could not escape its harshness. It was as if each rasping intake of air, each groaning exhalation, had permeated his brain until he found himself unconsciously matching his own breath to it. He stood in the doorway of the darkened receiving room adjoining the bedchamber from which the sounds emanated, staring at the man illuminated by the dying glow of the coals in the fireplace. He rested in a comfortable chair, his head against its high back, his wig slightly askew, a glass bearing the vestige of what had once been a stiff brandy in danger of slipping from his loose grip. His eyes were closed, his brow furrowed, his free hand cupping one ear as if he was trying to somehow block the noise, but it would be as etched in the mind of Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury, as indelibly as it was in Charters’ own. He wagered they would hear it even after she had breathed her last.

A servant entered and swept the drapes aside to allow a burst of daylight into the room. Charters moved to the window and stared at the new-born day. In the gardens, birds sang and plants and trees awoke to the warmth of the summer sun. Life began again after the long sleep of night, but not in these rooms. Here death croaked and coughed with every breath from the chamber beyond.


I know, I know, it’s mean to leave you hanging like this! But do not fear, An Honourable Thief by Douglas Skelton and published by Canelo, is available now! So you can get your copy and find out what happens next…

Buy your copy on Amazon or Bookshop.org

I’d like to thank Kelly at Love Books Tours for the opportunity to support the author and publisher through this book tour!

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