Troubador The Accidental Warrior

Released: 28/07/2018

ISBN: 9781789015171

eISBN: 9781789011784

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Accidental Warrior

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An intriguing crime story with a strong female lead, based on the authors knowledge of policing. 
A real life modern day thriller with an added historical twist. 
An assassination from the ancient past is somehow linked to a present-day murder enquiry. 

Detective Harriet Lacey’s marriage might be falling apart but she has a successful career. When she’s unexpectedly reassigned to an investigation headed by her cheating husband, she expects life to become more difficult... she does not expect it to become fraught with danger. Well respected members of the community are dying in mysterious circumstances and, the nearer she gets to uncovering the truth, the more precarious it becomes for her and her team. 

As the investigation intensifies Harriet begins to suspect that, amazingly, her case is connected to a political murder dating way back to the 4th Century BC. But getting evidence to prove this is quite another matter. She then learns of the existence of a secret organisation which also has its roots deep in the past. A society that has been working behind the scenes to try to prevent the violence directed towards her. And to stop those who are seeking to impede the police investigation, although this has had only mixed results. Harriet must decide whether this organisation’s involvement is a force for good, and the extent to which they can be trusted.  

When Harriet closes in on the criminals responsible, ancient history clashes with modern day greed, family ties with professional honour, and good with evil. But the ultimate truth, the truth she cannot ignore, lies with her.

A good plot... but we need the next book sooner than three years!

by Amazon reviewer


This was the best thriller that I have read in a long time! 'The Accidental Warrior by S. J. Mantle is a suspenseful story with a strong female protagonist. Detective Harriet Lacey a skilled investigator gets too close to solving a crime. In order to stifle her she is transferred from one division to another. In spite of her antagonistic crooked superiors, Harriet pursues her investigation. This action packed suspense thriller is a must read especially if you like a strong female hero. This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this action packed bookenseful story with a strong female protagonist. Detective Harriet Lacey a skilled investigator gets too close to solving a crime. In order to stifle her she is transferred from one division to another. In spite of her antagonistic crooked superiors, Harriet pursues her investigation. This action packed suspense thriller is a must read especially if you like a strong female hero. This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this action packed book.

by Diane Edbauer (via Netgalley)


This is a good mystery. I liked the characters and the plot moves at a good pace. This was the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to more.

by Chelse Adkins (via Netgalley)


5 stars!
Peter James is the current master of police procedural thrillers but S J Mantle is snapping at his heels. Every good book teaches us something and thanks to The Accidental Warrior I know a great deal more about Philip II of Macedon, circa 336 BC, than I did a week ago. The author skillfully weaves a terrifyingly clever antagonist within a plot that relates back to a sophisticated race of people who still inform our current way of living. I am sure, once word has spread, especially to fans of Rachel Abbott, Peter James, Lee Child et al, The Accidental Warrior will climb, swiftly, up the Amazon rankings.

by Amazon review


5 Stars

Exceptionally well written book which weaves the past into the present. I found the in-depth knowledge of police procedures made the book interesting to read. The main female character was very strong and was someone you could relate to. The book led the reader through the dynamics of a current police investigation but also gave great details of past history, which I found really interesting. I read the book within three days which showed how much I enjoyed it. I look forward to the next instalment.

by Amazon reviewer


5 Stars
As a regular reader of Police Procedural/Detective Crime Thrillers from the likes of Peter James, Robert Galbraith, and Clyde Phillips, I was looking forward to reading this novel. It was refreshing to find that S J Mantle has an eye for the little details of police procedure that make it so realistic - something that can be frustratingly lacking in some books in this genre. Anybody with any interest or background with law enforcement will recognise some of the character traits of the lead characters within the narrative. What set it apart from the majority of this genre was the link back into ancient history; this was skilfully woven into the story without distracting from the present day events that it was informing.
I found that the book captured my imagination right from the start. Every time I had to take a break from reading it I found myself looking for an opportunity to pick it up and get back into it! It holds its own within the genre and I am certainly looking forward to the next instalment of Harriet Lacey's predicaments.
An excellent debut from S J Mantle, may there be many more.

by Amazon reviewer


OMG! What a wonderful storyline. I am at a loss to find the words to describe how fantastic this novel is.

I only had one problem with this book..... I made the mistake of starting The Accidental Warrior while on a break at work. It is very hard to concentrate on what you are supposed to be doing when all you want to do is find out what is happening. I loved it so much, I just ordered the paperback edition.
What a privilege it was to read such an intriguing story. I cannot wait for more from this author

by Sue Blanchard


I can't believe that I have to wait until 2021 to read the next installment of Harriet's life. I just wanted the story to keep going. It has mystery, danger, and a hit of romance. It's a brilliant read and would recommend it to everyone.

by Carol Fox (via NetGalley)


I got a copy of this due to interest in the synopsis. It's a surprisingly good thriller that I think plenty of people would enjoy. It's definitely worth reading.

by Melanie Kimble (via NetGalley)


I was given the book as a gift and as the review title suggests I have not read a book in years. It was gripping and intriguing from the start and I couldn't wait to read the next chapter. The plot has many twists and turns that keep the reader hooked. I can't believe I have to wait until 2021 for the next instalment to see what happens to DS Harriet Lacey. I will definitely be reading the authors next book.

by Amazon review


A really good tale, with an unusual twist on the crime novel, mixing it with a historical mystery. I look forward to seeing the characters develop as the series progresses.

by Amazon review


What a fabulous book. Once started I couldn’t put it down. Need the next one soon I need to find out what happens at the end. Definitely a brilliant book and worth the read would recommend to anyone who loves a crime thriller.

by Amazon reviewer


This book not only provides an intense plot which follows the ins and outs of policing, but informs of fascinating artefacts, characters and anecdotes from ancient history. Harriet Lacey is the protagonist at the forefront of the investigation, drawing in the reader with her relatable struggles and challenges. You quickly fall in love with her powerful stance and believe in her to solve a continually exacerbating situation.

Modern policing and ancient history, concepts often antithetical, are eloquently interwoven as the plot unravels.

I would thoroughly recommend this beautifully written book and look forward to many more by S.J Mantle.

by Amazon


A tremendous read which holds its own in the world of suspense and intrigue crime writing.
From the first page it was absorbing and provided a delightful background of Greek history into the depth of the investigation which cleverly twisted and drew the reader into even deeper concentration.
The author’s attention to criminal detail was refreshingly accurate.
A compelling and unpredictable read.

by Tara (Amazon)


I was given a copy of The Accidental Warrior by a friend and I had planned to save it to read on holiday. After reading the reviews on Amazon and the précis of the book I decided I couldn't wait until the holiday started. I finished it in two days and now I can't believe I may have to wait three years for the sequel! It's well written, it has a good pace and the plot is full of twists and turns that keep your interest. As a debut novel, it's a good one!

by McGoogly


Fantastic book. I couldn’t put it down. The twists and turns of the plot were riveting. Would thoroughly recommend it.

by Karen Potton


Entertaining and informative: an intriguing mix of ancient and modern cleverly interwoven to create a credible plot and tantalising storyline. I await the sequel with eager anticipation.

by Kate


An intriguing page turner, brilliantly written with an engaging lead character. Can't wait for the next book to find out what's in store for Harriet Lacey. A great debut novel from S J Mantle.

by Amazon


S J Mantle

S J Mantle is graduate in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology. She is a wife and mother and divides her time between writing and running a smallholding in the West Country. She served as a police officer for twenty-seven years during which time, she was involved in some high profile criminal investigations. Her debut novel, The Accidental Warrior is a crime thriller with a strong female lead and intriguing historical twist.

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