The Secret Familiar

Catherine Jinks
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Beautifully crafted historical fiction set in medieval France, The Secret Familiar is a page-turning murder mystery and a fascinating moral tale of betrayal, faith and ultimate truth.

He is my master, and a great man. Yet I would have preferred to escape his notice. 'Hide yourself,' he told me, and I obeyed - perhaps too well. No inquisitor likes to be outwitted.

I just want to be left alone. Is that too much to ask, after so many years of faithful service?


Helie is a former spy of the famous fourteenth-century inquisitor Bernard Gui. Now he is living under an alias, trying to forget his past life of deception and intrigue. But a chance meeting once more brings him to the notice of the Inquisition; he is obliged to infiltrate a new heretical group, and find out what happened to the last spy sent to do so. Was he murdered or did he flee?

Helie soon finds himself caught up in a dangerous conspiracy involving outlawed beliefs and human remains. The trouble is he no longer has the stomach for such an investigation - because his heart is beginning to betray him.

Set in a period when France was rocked by religious strife, The Secret Familiar is a tense and thrilling tale of treachery, faith and ultimate truths.

Author bio:

Catherine Jinks is a prolific author. She has written many children's and YA books as well as eight novels for adults. Her interest in telling a great story and her writing talent has given her commercial and critical success across a wide range of genre and age group. The Secret Familiar is her eighth novel for adults. Catherine lives in the Blue Mountains of NSW with her husband and daughter.

Category: Popular fiction
ISBN: 9781741750508
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2006
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Historical fiction