Troubador The Secret of the Cathars

Released: 28/03/2015

ISBN: 9781784621759

Format: Paperback

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The Secret of the Cathars


Philip Sinclair’s grandmother leaves him the unusual legacy of a translated journal of his ancient ancestor, who was one of the four Cathar perfecti who escaped from the castle of Montségur with the ‘treasure of the Cathars’ strapped to his back – a treasure that has never been found. She also requests that he travels to the Pyrenean fastness of le Bézu where she believes the treasure still lies. Meanwhile, the famous young French archaeologist Jaqueline Blontard, known as Jackie, arrives at le Bézu with her assistant to prepare excavations as part of her new television series about the Albigensian Crusade. They believe nobody is yet aware of their explorations, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Not only does the Roman Catholic Church already know about their plans, but a secret body in Paris has sent someone to watch the excavations and a criminal gang in Marseilles has become involved in the search for the Cathar treasure. Soon after Philip arrives at le Bézu, Jackie’s assistant is killed. Suspicion immediately falls on Philip and the police instruct him to stay in the locality while they investigate, but she does not believe he is responsible. The couple decide to work together to find the secret treasure, but before they unearth the location, news comes from Paris that TV France, who are funding the series, have decided to close down the dig. Philip and Jackie continue to search on their own and, closely followed by the shadowy organisations, they unearth much more than they had expected… Full of suspense, action and romance, The Secret of the Cathars explores the mystery of the Cathars and the historical events that supposedly took place years ago in a contemporary story. It will appeal to fans of historical mysteries and thrillers such as The Da Vinci Code.

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Mike has been writing for many years. He started as a teenager, producing a three-act play as a result of a disastrous love affair. Fortunately the manuscript for this has long since disappeared. During the next few years he wrote a couple more plays, several short stories, some poetry, a novella and started a historical novel which still hasn’t been completed.

He was inspired to restart writing in his late thirties when he began taking his family on holidays to various beautiful locations in Europe. Exploring historic towns and buildings brought to light a host of untold stories and started the creative juices flowing again. At the same time he began to attend evening classes in writing. There he met up with a number of similarly-minded authors and they formed a writers’ circle and started going in a group to conferences and seminars and entering competitions.

His first novel, The Eighth Child came out of these stimuli. This was quickly followed by The Wolf of Hades. For the only time in his experience he found an agent interested in representing him. This lady liked his work but suggested he wrote a similar novel from the viewpoint of a female heroine which resulted in Dancing with Spies. Unfortunately she had no success in finding Mike a publisher and they parted after a couple of years.

His next work was the completion of Riversmeet which he had been working on for many years and was partly based on Mike’s youthful experiences in South Devon in the years when life there was changing greatly in the aftermath of the Second World War. So much material came to the surface during the writing of the first saga of 130,000 words that he realised he had enough for a trilogy, the second of which has been started.

After this Mike decided to try his hand at a new genre and he wrote the detective novel which is called The Gigabyte Detective. After obtaining professional criticism and reworking it he decided to self-publish in 2011. It is now available POD-printed in a restricted paperback edition but is mainly intended to be published as an e-book available on Amazon Kindle and in other formats suitable for most e-readers. Once again the initial stimulus in this new field resulted in a successor (Network Virus) was published in 2012.

His next mystery thriller The Secret of the Cathars was published in e-book formats in May, 2011 and here in paperback in 2015. A second edition of The Eighth Child followed soon after. Dancing with Spies has been published as an e-book (August 2011).

Currently Mike is working on "The Templar Legacy" (a sequel to The Secret of the Cathars) which he hopes to publish in 2015.

Mike Hillier
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