The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping and murder are every-day events. The streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being used to make gold for the King.
Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman’s rope. Will he find an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside his control overwhelm him?
Only one thing is certain – if Seb can’t save his brother, nobody can.
Toni Mount’s The Colour of Poison is an engrossing foray into fiction by a renowned author of nonfiction. Mount’s superior knowledge of medieval medicine, art, and culture shines through on the pages in this unique murder mystery.
Mount’s story explores the relationship between the two very different Foxley brothers with the sensitive, artistic, physically disabled Sebastian taking the spotlight. Sebastian begins as a retiring character, struggling with confidence and uncertain of his future, but his integrity and courage are unfailing. The relationship between the brothers is a complicated one, and they are a poetic juxtaposition of innate character. Throughout the course of the story, the protagonist slowly comes into his full potential as a hero.
Romance and intrigue fill the pages of this thriller as Mount transports the reader to the England of Edward IV. From the filthy streets of London to the royal court, Mount’s descriptions are detailed and vivid. The plot is well-woven, and arresting dialogue is key in driving the story. Gripping and lyrical, The Colour of Poison is a stellar beginning to a new series that is not to be missed.