Publishing 3 October 2019

A Rustle of Silk – Alys Clare

‘Gripping . . . Vividly evokes seventeenth-century Devon. Characters who are complex individuals complement the well-paced and pleasantly twisty plot’

Publishers Weekly

A Rustle of Silk

Alys Clare

The First Gabriel Taverner mystery 

Devon, 1607. Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon turned country physician, is called to examine a rotting body found impaled on a blade. Identifying the corpse seems a hopeless task and the death is declared a suicide.

But Gabriel is not satisfied and re-examines the body – making the first of a series of shocking discoveries that will lead him deep into the dark underbelly of the lucrative silk trade. As he investigates, Gabriel realises that not only was the death a murder – but even worse, he had a personal connection with the corpse.

‘An engaging cast and plenty of genuine suspense will keep historical mystery devotees firmly in Clare’s corner’ Booklist Starred Review

Alys Clare is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Harris, who studied archaeology at the University of Kent. Elizabeth also writes the much-loved Hawkenlye and Aelf Fen series. A Rustle of Silk is the first in her gripping Gabriel Taverner series.