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The Butcher Bird

(2015)
(The second book in the Somershill Manor Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
Oswald de Lacey is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor.

The Black Death changed many things, and just as it took away his father and elder brothers, leaving Oswald to be recalled from the monastery where he expected to spend his life, it has taken many of his villagers and servants. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the farms and fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more - something the King himself has forbidden.

Just as anger begins to spread, the story of the Butcher Bird takes flight. People claim to have witnessed a huge creature in the skies. A newborn baby is found impaled on a thorn bush. And then more children disappear.

Convinced the bird is just a superstitious rumour, Oswald must discover what is really happening. He can expect no help from his snobbish mother and his scheming sister, Clemence, who is determined to protect her own child but happy to neglect her stepdaughters.

From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald's journey is full of danger, dark intrigue and shocking revelations.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"The medieval CJ Sansom." - Jeffery Deaver


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Used availability for S D Sykes's The Butcher Bird

Hardback Editions

April 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Butcher Bird: A Somershill Manor Mystery
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-60598-981-9 / 978-1-60598-981-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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October 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Butcher Bird: Oswald de Lacy Book 2
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-4447-8581-8 / 978-1-4447-8581-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Butcher Bird: A Somershill Manor Novel (Somershill Manor Mysteries)
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-68177-341-4 / 978-1-68177-341-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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April 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Butcher Bird: Oswald de Lacy Book 2
Author(s): S D Sykes
ISBN: 1-4447-8582-6 / 978-1-4447-8582-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Butcher Bird
Author(s): S D Sykes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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October 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Butcher Bird
Author(s): S D Sykes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Butcher Bird
Author(s): S D Sykes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Butcher Bird: A Somershill Manor Mystery
Author(s): S D Sykes
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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October 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Butcher Bird: Oswald de Lacy Book 2
Author(s): S D Sykes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU