Traitor in the Ice

Treachery has gripped the nation. But the King has spies everywhere.

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Pub Date 31 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 14 Apr 2022
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'Full of tension and danger... powerfully atmospheric' JENNIFER SAINT

'A beautifully crafted thriller... Breathtaking and bone-chilling' MANDA SCOTT

'Maitland is a superlative historical novelist' REBECCA MASCULL


Whispers haunt the walls and treachery darkens the shadows in this captivating historical novel for readers of C.J. Sansom, Andrew Taylor's Ashes of London and Kate Mosse.

Winter, 1607.
A man is struck down in the grounds of Battle Abbey, Sussex. Before dawn breaks, he is dead.

Home to the Montagues, Battle has caught the paranoid eye of King James. The Catholic household is rumoured to shelter those loyal to the Pope, disguising them as servants within the abbey walls. And the last man sent to expose them was silenced before his report could reach London.

Daniel Pursglove is summoned to infiltrate Battle and find proof of treachery. He soon discovers that nearly everyone at the abbey has something to hide - for deeds far more dangerous than religious dissent. But one lone figure he senses only in the shadows, carefully concealed from the world. Could the notorious traitor Spero Pettingar finally be close at hand?

As more bodies are unearthed, Daniel determines to catch the culprit. But how do you unmask a killer when nobody is who they seem?




'Dark and enthralling' ANDREW TAYLOR

'This gripping thriller shows what a wonderful storyteller Maitland is' THE TIMES

'Colourful and compelling' SUNDAY TIMES

'Goes right to the heart of the Jacobean court' TRACY BORMAN

'Devilishly good' DAILY MAIL

'Spies, thieves, murderers and King James I? Brilliant' CONN IGGULDEN

'There are few authors who can bring the past to life so compellingly... Brilliant writing and more importantly, riveting reading' SIMON SCARROW

'The intrigues of Jacobean court politics simmer beneath the surface in this gripping and masterful crime novel' KATHERINE CLEMENTS

'Beautifully written with a dark heart, Maitland knows how to pull you deep into the early Jacobean period' RHIANNON WARD

'Full of tension and danger... powerfully atmospheric' JENNIFER SAINT

'A beautifully crafted thriller... Breathtaking and bone-chilling' MANDA SCOTT

'Maitland is a superlative historical novelist' ...

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Another wonderful book and outing for Daniel. I find that the historical content blends seamlessly with the mystery aspect and that you can learn so much about the period in question without actually feeling like this is a history lesson. I am truly enjoying this series and am looking for the third in this outstanding. This is definitely well worth a read

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Combination historical novel and bone chilling thriller! Where can you go wrong? Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. It was a good one!

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This was the first book by K.J.Maitland that I've read. I will note that the book reads like a standalone and I did not feel I had missed any key elements by not having read the first. Set in the early 1600s during the reign of King James IV and I of Scotland and England it explores the dangerous world of the remaining English Catholics. Considered traitors to the crown they were hunted down and rooted out, living in constant fear of discovery and death. The story was engrossing, deeply layered and complex. I admit at times I was confused by the plot and lots track of some bit players. I really enjoyed the mystery and the rich period details. It's a dark story and the author sets a moody atmosphere. I loved that it was set during an actual weather event. I swear I almost felt the cold! Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Thank you NetGalley and K.J. Maitland for allowing me to read and review.

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Thoroughly enjoyed my stroll through Jacobean England - experiencing the smells, the bawdy ways the people lived and the strange things they believed and did. This story is filled with mystery and murder and I was fascinated by the even stranger carrying on of night creepers - something which, it seems, people have felt compelled to do down through the centuries right up to the present day.
It’s a fascinating glimpse into the 17th century and the story is easy to read and a real page turner. It stole my sleep for ‘just another chapter’! Very well worth a read but read the first book in the series first. Double enjoyment that way. Especially as, when I’d finished the book, I felt like I was on a cliff edge - waiting for the next instalment.

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