Published on: 14/08/2014
For fans of the Shardlake series by CJ Sansom comes a historical crime novel based on a real unsolved Tudor mystery.
The Real Crime
Hans Holbein, King Henry VIII’s portrait painter, died in the autumn of 1543. A century later a chronicler reported that the artist had succumbed to plague, yet there is no contemporary evidence to support this. Suspicions have been raised over the centuries, but the mystery of what actually happened remains unsolved to this day.
Young London goldsmith Thomas Treviot is awaiting a design for a very important jewellery commission from Hans Holbein. When the design fails to turn up, Thomas sends a servant to track Holbein down, only to discover that the painter has disappeared. In his hunt for Holbein and the lost design, Thomas is led into a morass of dangerous political intrigue, French spies and courtiers that is more treacherous than he could ever have anticipated . . .
Praise for D. K. Wilson:
‘If you liked Shardlake you’ll love this exciting new series’ Alison Weir, bestselling novelist and historian
‘The sense of period is impeccable, and the reader really gets a sense of how shocking this murder must have been… The story has more twists than a dancing serpent and the pace is relentless, yet it is the characterisation and the little details that make it such a good read.’ Historical Novels Review
‘The First Horseman is a resounding success that blends fact and fiction to create a gripping, fast moving Tudor crime story that educates as well as fascinates…Wilson has created a compelling character, and the fact that this series will continue to revolve around real life Tudor mysteries is fantastic…unputdownable would be an understatement.’ The Bookbag