The Bresciano Mysteries

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It is the year 1789. Giovanni Bresciano, a young merchant from Gibraltar, half Genoese and half English, takes a ship across the Straits that lie between the Pillars of Hercules. He is off to Tangier on family business. On board he strikes up a friendship with the lively young surgeon, Dr Lempriere, on his way at the request of the Sultan of Morocco to attend his favoured son and heir whose eyesight is becoming a cause for serious concern. Favours and gifts are an essential diplomatic tool with a ruling dynasty - a dynasty which has shown a tendency to switch its alliances with a certain ease. Bresciano has no such an onerous task ahead. He simply has to extricate his sister, Lucia, from the seductive clutches of a handsome and ruthless fortune hunter and soothe his emotionally volatile aunt. Unfortunately his sister is as stubborn as she is young and infatuated. His task proves less than simple, but the last thing he expects is to be thrown in jail the day after his arrival and to find himself pitch­forked into an imbroglio of criminal and political dimensions. And Morocco is not the safest of places for foreigner: the Sultan is dying and his second son, Muley Yazid - rapacious, cruel and ambitious, perhaps not even of sound mind - waits in the wings with an army to assert his own claim to the throne. He is also keen to stock his harem with a few European women with red hair - for which women he has a passion. In England, His Gracious Majesty, King George III, depends on his Consul in Tangier, James Mario Matra, to defend Britains interests in this explosive situation. Without the goodwill of the Moroccan ruler - whoever he might turn out to be - the fortress of Gibraltar across the narrow strait that separates the Iberian Peninsula from North Africa, can become vulnerable indeed: its land frontier with Spain can be closed as has happened in the past, leaving Gibraltar cut off from its supplies of food. British links with Morocco have to be protected and fostered at all costs. But, Matra had a very fine gift, a treasure - the pearls of Tangier of the title - which he intended to employ to present to one or other of the candidates to the throne, depending how the winds of inheritance blow. And on the night of a splendid reception at the Consulate, there is a cry of Murder!
Språk: Engelska Kategori: Deckare Serie: The Bresciano Mysteries: 2

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Förlag: eBookPartnership.com
Utgiven: 2016-08-17
ISBN: 9781919668062
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