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A spellbinding narrative in the tradition of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth which thrillingly links arson attacks in modern-day France with the story of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War

There is a secret hidden within a body, burning within the flames, that will change history forever.

2014: In the French city of Orléans, a man’s charred corpse is found in a burned-out hotel, stripped of all ID. Police captain Inès Picaut must hunt down his killer before others fall prey to the fire. She has only one clue: the name of a woman who has been dead for over five hundred years.

1429: Joan of Arc is taking the war to the English. They want her dead but the only way to reach her is through a fiercely loyal inner circle - until undercover spy Tomas Rustbeard finally earns her trust…

The myths of the past hold the key to the mystery of the present, but how many must die before the truth is laid bare?


A clever, gripping thriller — a Da Vinci Code for those who like their prose to be elegant as well as page-turning

Antonia Senior, The Times â?? Best Historical Fiction of 2015

Magnificent...Clever, gripping, and a nifty thriller to boot

Daily Mail

Into the Fire is a wonderful blend of fast and furious action, bravura storytelling, a palpable sense of place - Orléans past and present - and a whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the final pages. Fabulous.

Kate Mosse

Wonderful...Combines the two things I love most: thrillers and historical fiction

Daily Express

Expertly blends a very plausible solution to a genuine historical mystery with a compulsive contemporary thriller. The result, as the title suggests, is intoxicatingly fiery reading

Robert Goddard

Manda Scott’s writing is so grippingly vivid that once you begin reading, it becomes your reality. Highly recommended

Elizabeth Chadwick

To say I was blown away is an understatement of the greatest magnitude. Into the Fire is in a word, magnificent. Page turning. Visceral. Mesmerising. Evocative - it's so evocative. It's filthy-nailed, sweat-stained, blood-drenched, gut-wrenching, tear-inducing. It's everything I want a book to be – I did not want it to end

Ben Kane

An absorbing thriller that cleverly unites the past and the present

Nick Rennison, BBC History

An absorbing thriller that cleverly unites the past and the present

Nick Rennison, BBC History

Riveting for both the pulse-pounding action and the moral and character complexity


Exceptionally well-paced, and altogether a real treat

Historical Novels Review

Manda Scott is an amazing writer who constantly subverts our expectations. As a historical novelist, she has a habit of showing us the familiar from unexpected angles. In the process, her books reveal overlooked truths about the past. Her crime novels and thrillers, on the other hand, display an author entirely at home with the issues and technologies of the present, as well as a mistress of her craft. Into The Fire is Manda Scott’s best book yet, which is saying a great deal. It’s not just a crackingly good thriller and a ground-breaking historical novel. It also changes the way we think about a key episode in history.

Andrew Taylor

Cleverly plotted, taut and febrile...Scott's writing is swift and vigorous, a far cry from many of the weedy, court-bound historical novels of today...Salty and vivid, and persuasively evoke[s] not only the brimstone of war but the lives and patterns of thought of its participants

Toby Clements, Sunday Telegraph

The pace never falters. Scott weaves together a thriller ‘save the universe in 45 minutes’ plotline with compelling historical narrative . . . Into The Fire deserves to be widely read and talked about

Crime Review

Beautifully written, well researched, and gripping

Book Oxygen

An ingenious and thrilling read...A masterclass in writing historical fiction

Antonia Senior, The Times BOOK OF THE MONTH

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 1, 2016


    576 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    June 18, 2015

    Transworld Digital

    576 pages

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