A monastic sleuth living in the 12th century - a must for lovers of Eills Peter's Cadfaal. Visiting a local hermil, Martin, monk and Preceptor of Bellins Gate (the present-day Billingsgate) on the Thames, makes a gruesome discovery - a headless body. This and three heads without bodies test his sleuthing skills and deductive mind to the limit. Clearly these were no everyday killings and the King, Henry of Anjou, needed an explanation. Martin set out to unravel the mystery. He could not rule out a political link or an Irish connection, against the backdrop of Henry's proposed expedition to take over the wayward territories of Ireland. The key to the mystery lies in the time lapse between the deliveries of the gruesome remains.
Born and educated in Lancashire. David Bland is a graduate of Durham and Sheffield Universities and holder of five professional qualifications. He was a university teacher for 25 years, ending as pro-vice-chancellor of Sheffield University. He then served 11 years as Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute, which was responsible for the education and qualifications across a huge sector of the economy, with affiliates in over 100 countries. He is currently the chairman of the postal consumer body for SE England and on the Court of two of the Livery companies of the City of London.