Friday, 10 June 2016
The Trial of Maria Montrecourt
It is 1899, and a young French girl, 18-year-old Maria Montrecourt, arrives in the Northern English town of Harrogate.
She is orphaned, yet is supported by a shadowy and mysterious benefactor.
Whilst Maria is struggling to find her footing in a strange and somewhat alien environment, she finds herself drawn into the early dawning of the battle for the rights of women.
But eventually the son of her benefactor hunts Maria out. And, gradually, over time a hideous and terrible secret begins to emerge.
Events that occurred many years before suddenly re-emerge from the past and these events have the power to alter the life that Maria thought she was living forever.
Soon Maria finds herself accused of monstrous sins and crimes and she finds herself alone, in a dark and dank cell, a guttering candle her only source of light, as she is on trial for her life, accused of a notorious and heinous murder.
Who is the mysterious benefactor? Why are they her benefactor? Why must they remain in the shadows?
Did Maria commit murder? Or was the whole case a ghastly mistake? Or was it something else?
This novel is not merely set in the latter part of the 19th century, it actually takes the reader back to that time, so evocative is the writing.
An ideal summertime read and extremely well priced at only £8.99.
It's published by Matador and is published in support of Alzheimer's Research UK, so every copy you buy (either from the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop or elsewhere) you are helping to support Alzheimer's Research UK.)