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  • Published: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784707149
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $24.99

The Best of Men



A completely gripping, unputdownable story of conspiracy, passion and treason set during the English Civil War.

'If the reading of the stars is correct, His Majesty has only a short time to live. And he will die through violence'

1642: Laurence Beaumont has just returned to England after six long years in the European Wars. Fleeing home to escape the responsibilities of his noble birthright, he served as both mercenary and spy, and ended up a cardsharp in a Dutch brothel. The atrocities he witnessed abroad have utterly destroyed his faith in any cause, and shattered his self-respect.

As the clashes between King Charles I and his mutinous Parliament escalate towards full civil war, Beaumont is sucked back into violence and intrigue when he discovers coded letters outlining a plot to assassinate the king. Hounded by the conspirators and pressed into service by the Secretary of State's ruthless spymaster, Beaumont finds himself threatened on all sides, in peril of his life if he makes a single slip. The ravishing Isabella Savage, a practised seductress, offers to help him, but he must beware of her charms.

And all the while, Beaumont is haunted by a strange prophecy, and the memory of a love betrayed...

  • Published: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784707149
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $24.99

About the authors

V. C. Letemendia

V. C. Letemendia was born and brought up in Oxford and now lives in Toronto. After completing a doctorate in Political Theory and lecturing for some years, she published her first novel The Best of Men in 2009.

Claire Letemendia

V. C. Letemendia was born and brought up in Oxford and now lives in Toronto. After completing a doctorate in Political Theory and lecturing for some years, she published her first novel The Best of Men in 2009.

Praise for The Best of Men

An exciting plot and a swarthy, wonderfully attractive main character... exciting, heady stuff

Globe and Mail

Through the eyes of likeable rogue Lawrence Beaumont, Letemendia vividly re-creates the dark world of deceit, distrust and political intrigue which heralds the start of the English Civil War

Michael Arnold, author of Traitor's Blood

A fiendish plot, full of intrigue and violence, and a richness and depth rare in historical fiction - I loved it

Ben Kane

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a brilliant read... My only complaint is that I've now got to wait for the next installment!

Susanna Gregory

Conspiracy, passion and treason in the English Civil War

Woman & Home

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