The Emerald Cross
BOOK FOUR OF THE SIR BLANDFORD CANDY ADVENTURE SERIES
"Blandford Candy is as endearing a rogue as you are likely to find in any work of literature. " Matthew Harffy.
Blandford Candy, rake and spy, travels to the colonies on family business. He becomes embroiled in a quest for a priceless emerald cross, once destined for the Pope in Rome but lost in the American wilderness.
Our hero has to escape a mutinous pirate crew, warring settlers, and hostile native tribes, but Blandford soon realises that there are others searching for the jewel. A Jesuit agent, Father William Francis, and his renegade band hunt for Candy along the banks of the Susquehanna River.
Blandford cannot escape from England’s civil war, as the colonies burn during The Plundering Time. The pioneering colonist, Margaret Brent, struggles to hold Maryland together in the conflict. Candy must choose a side, if he is to make it home before the relentless Father Francis can catch him.
It is a new world but Blandford has the same old problems.
PRAISE FOR THE BLANDFORD CANDY HISTORIES.
Blandford ‘Sugar’ Candy sits right up there with Rose Tremain’s Merivel as one of the great creations of a seventeenth century man.
Deborah Swift author of The Lady's Slipper
Blandford Candy is as endearing a rogue as you are likely to find in any work of literature.
Matthew Harffy author of the Bernicia Chronicles.
The research is impeccable and the writing full of verve.
Antonia Senior, The Times.
It's great fun and a rollicking good read.
Historical Novel Society.
Michael Jecks (Author of Blood in the Sand)
Evans rewards those who have studied the period with a wealth of gritty detail.
David Luckhardt, English Civil War Society of America
The best historical fiction I have read in years!
James Kemp, themself.org
Superbly written, engaging and never less than absorbing.
Harper Collins Review
The filth, degradation and debauchery are vividly portrayed.