Charting the Rye House Plot, a dark conspiracy conceived to murder King Charles II, this story tells of a poor chandler wrongfully implicated in the assassination plot, and of his vivacious daughter, Phoebe. When the young and heroic Derrick Calder, a man of the law and also in love with Phoebe, enters the story, he becomes intent on unpicking the lock to the brutal truth. But the only way he can do this is by becoming one of the conspirators himself. This is a chilling, suspenseful novel with its base in a dark and ingenious past.
Author biography:Jane Lane Elaine K. Dakers was born in 1905 and her first novel was published when she was just seventeen. She adopted the pen-name of Jane Lane to reflect the historical nature of her books, Lane being the maiden name of her grandmother, a descendant of the Herefordshire branch of Lanes who sheltered King Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.
A versatile and dynamic author, Jane Lane wrote over forty works of fiction, biography, history, and children’s books.
She is perhaps best known for her books about the Stuart period and 18th century Scotland, written from a Catholic and Royalist perspective. ‘A State of Mind’ is unique among her books, being set in a dystopian future.
She died in 1978.
‘Miss Lane towers head and shoulders above the rest’ – The New Statesman
‘A writer who offers…faithfulness to historical fact and style’ – The Sunday Times
‘One of the few contemporary writers who excel both as novelists and historians’ – The Tablet