• The Hollow Crown – Book 1 of The Barbary Trilogy

  • Judita, always known as Jude, and her cousin Edmund, both fifteen, are sent to spend the summer holidays with their grandmother at her rambling Tudor mansion on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. She has had a fall and broken her leg and needs them to look after her but as soon as they arrive they swiftly learn there is much more to it than that. The house, a minor stately home which is open to the public, is in danger of being taken away from her… by an unknown adversary. Slowly Edmund and Jude begin to realise this is far more sinister than it appears.

    Why does their grandmother believe someone is trying to harm her?

    Who is the mysterious stranger Jude sees late at night in the grounds, someone who must be known to the household for the dogs do not bark?

    Who were the two men in a BMW with blacked out windows who Jude is sure has followed her to the Island from London?

    But most of all why is Jude having a terrifying recurring dream, that seems to take her and Edmund back to Shakespeare’s England and to a group of people who are after her… now. And then there is a code to crack, still unsolved for over four hundred years..

    This is the first part of a three-book mystery story that starts in the past and stretches over four hundred years to its dramatic conclusion today. Set in present day Isle of Wight and London as well as the inns, theatres, and secret hiding places of Shakespeare’s time, it is filled with a code to solve, symbolism to be discovered and how the mysterious past is both hindering and helping Edmund and Jude in saving their family from a fate that is too dreadful to contemplate.

    A trilogy of novels for young people aged about 11 to 15.