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The Pedlar's Promise

(2022)
(A book in the Forest Lord series)
A Novella by

 
 
"The perfect Christmas pie of snow, ale, elusive gifts, and hapless former outlaws. Funny, endearing and just right for the season."- Damion Hunter/ Amanda Cockrell, author of Shadow of the Eagle

Medieval England, December
A pedlar has been sent to Wakefield with an unexpected and apparently quite valuable Christmas gift for John Little and his friend Will Scaflock. Unfortunately, the pedlar likes his ale a little too much and somehow gets lost and ends up in the wrong town. With no other work to do, or any strange mysteries to solve for a change, the pair of bored former outlaws decide to ride out and track down their gift. Of course, things don't quite go as smoothly as hoped and they experience a series of hair-raising adventures on the snowy roads and villages of Yorkshire before their quest finally ends with a surprise...


Will our heroes ever find their quarry? What is the mysterious gift their friend Robert Stafford has sent to them from Brandesburton? And who the hell thought it was a good idea to go riding around northern England in the depths of winter searching for a drunk old pedlar?
Pour yourself a warm glass of wassail and settle in beside the fire to find out!
The Pedlar's Promise continues the series of short winter stories including Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil, Faces of Darkness, The House in the Marsh, and Sworn To God, and brings some much-needed cheer to the gloomy winter months.

PRAISE FOR STEVEN A. McKAY'S WINTER TALES

"Steven A. McKay is becoming a master of the mystery thriller. Yet another intriguing adventure involving the former outlaws Little John and Will Scarlet takes the reader on an entertaining, muddy journey through Yorkshire." - Sharon Bennett Connolly, historian, and author of
Heroines of the Medieval World

"Another winter tale of the adventures of Little John, Will Scarlett and Tuck.
Would it even be Christmas without them?" 5-star Amazon review
"At Christmas my kids look forward to Santa while I look forward to the arrival of Tuck, John and Will Scarlet to solve another mystery." 5-star Amazon review
"This is the type of story whose reading demands a crackling fire and a glass of ale as you travel through time into a different world. I finished the story with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face." 5-star Amazon review


Genre: Historical

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