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December 2016  |    466 Pages    |    6 x 1 x 9 inches

Mass hysteria sweeps through the country with deadly consequences. Beneath the wit and laughter of Charles II’s Restoration Court, political and religious tensions mount, and Countess Elizabeth Herbert tries to keep her family safe. When Titus Oates, a minister begging on the streets, claims to have uncovered a plot to kill the King and replace him with his Catholic heir, no one is safe from accusation. When suspicion falls on her husband, Elizabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil. As a tangled web of lies and deceit unfolds, Elizabeth realises her husband is a pawn in a much larger game. Caught up in the mass hysteria sweeping the country she’s forced to fight back to stop his execution for high treason. But, how can a woman take on the most powerful men in England? Set at a time of religious and political turmoil, when the fate of English rule is at stake, and it’s impossible to know who to trust ‘Reign of the Marionettes’ brims with historical detail and intrigue.

About the Author

Sheena Macleod lectured at the University of Dundee, where she gained her PhD. She now lives in a seaside town in Scotland. Reign of the Marionettes is her first novel.


The story is robust, complex, and rich in character color...with a superb ear for dialogue and an emotional plot line. 

                                        -- Historical Novel Society

Anyone with an interest in British history will relish this book. 

                                        -- InD'taleMagazine.

Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, a story with lots of intrigue, or just an excellent work of fiction in general should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Reign of the Marionettes. 

                                        -- Readers Favorite 

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