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When Garron of Kersey returns home from the king''s service to claim his title as Baron Wareham, he''s shocked to find Wareham Castle very nearly destroyed by a man called the Black Demon.According to the last starving servants inside the castle walls, the Black Demon was looking for silver belonging to Garron''s brother Arthur. Among his remaining servants is the enigmatic Merry, the bastard child of the castle''s priest. Garron quickly suspects that she is much more than a servant: She reads and writes and makes lists, just as he does. They work together to bring Wareham back to its former splendor.But this is only the beginning. Did Arthur have a cache of silver? Who is the Black Demon? And the biggest question of all: Who is Merry?
Catherine Coulter graduated from Boston College with a master's degree in 19th-century European history. She first began writing romances after convincing herself that she could come up with something better than what was currently being published. While living in New York in 1978, she published her first novel with some help in plotting out the story from her physician husband. Since then she has gone on to write mostly Regency romances, many of them in the trilogy format she believes allows her to follow her character's lives more completely. Her first major best-seller, "Moonspun Magic" (1988), was the third installation in the Magic Trilogy and the first of a long string of popular best-sellers. In 1988 Coulter decided to take on the suspense thriller genre with "False Pretenses." Her subsequent suspense novels, "The Cove," "The Maze," "The Target," and "The Edge", were instant best-sellers. Coulter's hobbies include traveling, skiing, and reading.
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Returning home from the king's service, Baron Wareham finds his castle nearly destroyed by the elusive Black Demon and teams up with the illegitimate but educated daughter of a priest to restore his home, an effort complicated by mysteries about the woman's identity and the Black Demon's agenda. Read by Anne Flosnik. Simultaneous.