Book cover of Montacute House by Lucy Jago

A boy is found dead on the banks of the river - the first victim of a new bout of plague?

Cess Perryn finds a jewel in the chicken coops at Montacute House where she works - is someone hoping she’ll be hanged for theft?

Accused of involvement in her best friend’s disappearance, Cess becomes embroiled in a plot that reaches the highest levels of society. Her own life hangs in the balance as she uncovers secrets people would kill to keep hidden.

Witchcraft, politics and religious ambition combine in this gripping novel set in the Somerset of the 1590s.

Montacute House


  • 'Jago writes lyrically and handles a complicated plot with aplomb.'

    Financial Times
  • 'This impressive historical debut is a beguiling mix of politics and witchcraft.'

    The Bookseller
  • 'Cess is a reluctant heroine but, as all good reluctant heroines do, she steps up to the plate at a time of crisis. Readers will love her.'

    Book Bag
  • 'Montacute House reminds me of all I love about historical fiction; it's beautifully crafted, the writing is fabulous and the plot excellent. I'm seriously impressed.'

    The Book Bug: Books for Teens
  • 'There's a many layered mystery to be solved at the heart of this richly evoked historical novel.'
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