Troubador The Trial of Marie Montrecourt

Released: 28/05/2016

ISBN: 9781785891977

eISBN: 9781785895517

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Trial of Marie Montrecourt


1899 and Marie Montrecourt arrives in Harrogate from France, an eighteen-year-old, penniless orphan, facing an uncertain future and knowing little of her past. Meanwhile in London, Evelyn Harringdon is dealing with the death of his father, one of the most influential men in Parliament and a hero of the first Boer War. It would seem that these two events have little in common but they are linked by a scandal, one that is deeply buried in the past. As Marie struggles to find a place for herself in her new life she is drawn into the fight for women’s rights, while Evelyn discovers that political corruption threatens to ruin his family’s good name. It is his obsession with discovering the truth that brings him into contact with Marie – a meeting that will prove dangerous for them both. They are prisoners of the past, and Evelyn’s attempt at atonement sets Marie on a path which will lead her into making a terrible choice. It’s one which will transform her from an innocent young woman into the central player in a notorious murder trial... The Trial of Marie Montrecourt is a gripping tale of love, loss and betrayal that will appeal to those with an interest in women’s rights in the early 20th Century, as well as fans of crime fiction.


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I can't put the book down Kay. It's brilliant.

by Caroline Strong

I loved it! It usually takes me a while to finish a book, but I read the whole thing in 24 hours – I couldn’t put it down!

by Katy McIntosh

Probably the best trial sequence I have ever read is towards the end of this wonderful book.

by Amazon Review

I love historical fiction/nonfiction and this book is why! It had all the elements you would want in a good book. The story line was engaging and flowed smoothly. The characters were carefully crafted to have their own individuality and a story of their own. The main character, Marie was beautifully written to show depth and personality, her story captured me from the first line. The book had touched on lots of subjects, women's rights, a little romance add in some mystery and intrigue. The book left me feeling for Marie and I would love to see a sequel to see how life turns out for the rest of the characters in this book!

by Pamela

This is a fabulous historical tale and one that is just superb to read.

I was gripped from the start and thought that Marie and Evelyn are brilliantly portrayed. It is a mystery that I just adored and I loved the writing and the words used to describe certain events.

by Tracy Shephard

Kay Patrick

About the author – Kay Patrick won a scholarship to RADA at sixteen. She acted in Theatre and Television, most notably in Dr Who alongside William Hartnell. She later switched to behind the camera, script editing, directing and producing in radio, theatre and television. Over a period of twenty years she has directed Coronation Street. She wrote an historical documentary -“A Strange and Fearful Thing” - for BBC Radio 4, but The Trial of Marie Montrecourt is her first novel.

'Long after I began writing this novel, my sister was diagnosed with dementia. I decided to contribute whatever proceeds came to me from its sale to Alzheimer’s Research UK, in the hope that in some small way it might help in the search for an understanding and cure of an illness that affects so many'.

Kay Patrick
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