Blood On The Stone

A 17th Century detective must solve a murder to save the woman he loves.

King Charles II brings the English parliament to Oxford, amid sectarian hysteria over a plot against the throne. 

William Harbord, MP and leader of an extremist Protestant group, is found stabbed to death. Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of Bailiffs, must investigate, with his trusty deputy, Robshaw.

Although married, he is secretly in love with Cate – the daughter of a Catholic couple who run a local inn where the vaults are used for illegal Romish sacraments.

As lines of inquiry converge, Luke’s heart pulls him one way, while duty pulls in the opposite direction.

Which will he choose to follow? Will he crack the case in time? And will he declare his love?

About the author

Jake Lynch is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, and the author of seven books and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters. Over 20 years, he has pioneered both research and practice in the field of Peace Journalism. Jake divides his time between Australia and Oxford, where he performs in amateur dramatic productions and runs a local book group.

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Why We Like It

  • Historical mystery thriller about a detective who defends justice and human rights
  • A gripping mystery
  • Love against the odds!

Jake Lynch

Jake Lynch is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, and the author of seven books and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters. Over 20 years, he has pioneered both research and practice in the field of Peace Journalism, for which he was recognised with the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, awarded by the Schengen Peace Foundation.

He has held Fellowships at the Universities of Johannesburg, Bristol and Cardiff, where he read English Literature and got a Diploma in Journalism Studies. His PhD was from City University, London.

Before taking up an academic post, Jake enjoyed a successful career in journalism, with spells as a Political Correspondent for Sky News at Westminster and the Sydney correspondent for the Independent newspaper, culminating in a role as a presenter (anchor) for BBC World Television News.

Jake divides his time between Australia and Oxford, where he performs in amateur dramatic productions and runs a local book group. He is married with a teenaged son.

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