Power is a deadly contagion.
Work on a London tube line is halted by the discovery of an ancient plague pit and in it, a very recent corpse. A day later another body is found, also in a plague pit. This victim is linked to the Palace of Westminster, where rumours swirl around the Prime Minister and his rivals.
As the number of deaths climbs, the media stokes fear. Government assurances are disbelieved. Everyone feels threatened. This has to be resolved and fast.
A disgraced civil servant and a policeman must find the answer before Westminster closes for recess. Power, money and love curdle into a deadly brew that could bring down the Mother of all Parliaments.
Time is running out. And it’s not clear what – or who – will survive.
‘If it’s excitement and mystery you’re after, try the bang up to date and very topical Plague.’ Time & Leisure magazine.
‘A gripping read with great characters, good and bad. A fascinating and authoritative insider view of modern power politics that is all too frighteningly prescient. Plus an aspect of hidden London I never knew existed.’ V.B.Grey, screen-writer and best-selling crime writer, author of the DI Grace Fisher series.
‘Few fictional scandals involving Parliament would surprise anyone these days, but Plague offers a humdinger.’ Literary Review
‘This is a tense parliamentary thriller with the sour tang of authenticity.’ Annemarie Neary, author of ‘The Orphans’ and ‘Sirens’
‘Plague delivers on many levels and had me hooked. It is gritty and gripping, carefully blending mystery and intrigue, power, scandal, money, sex and corruption.’ The Yorkshire Times
‘Loved the tension in the story which gripped me right to the end. Very accurate description of Westminster, especially how easy it is to get lost!’ Lord Collins of Highbury.
‘Plague is good fun, with some lovely insights into how the historic buildings and some of the people in the Palace of Westminster work.’ Mike Naworynsky, former Deputy Serjeant at Arms, Palace of Westminster.
‘Highly recommended.’ Dr Noir ( Jacky Gramosi Collins of Newcastle Noir and Noir at the Bar )
‘Intriguing and multi-layered, the plot is extremely topical and the stakes could not be higher.’ David Armstrong, playwright (listed Branagh New Drama Writing Award 2020)
‘Pacey, suspenseful and richly detailed, the book is utterly compelling. If you are unlucky enough to put it down, you cannot wait to return.’ Clapham Society
‘A whodunnit and a love story all infused with a helping of plague and set in, around and beneath the corridors of power. What more could you possibly want?’ Steve Sheppard, author A Very Important Teapot.
The Plague Book Walk follows the plot of the book and the course of the ‘lost’ river Tyburn. You can download a leaflet allowing you to do the walk, self-guided, here. PlagueWalkTrifoldV2