The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays
(Arthurian Mystery)

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Malgwyn ap Cuneglas was one of King Arthur’s earliest companions and now is his most trusted counselor.  Despite the malice of his enemies, who fear Arthur’s power, and the machinations of the still powerful druids who mightily resist him, Malgwyn knows that Arthur will stop at nothing in his efforts to lead his people to Christ and help to bring civil law and justice to a people who have known little such.

To consolidate his power, Arthur decides that it is time to take a noble wife.  But in this Malgwyn knows not only his lord’s ambition but his personal grief, because in order to take a queen Arthur must set aside his love Guinevere, because he believes that the scandal surrounding their affair has tainted her for the crown. 

Malgwyn is sent north to fetch the young woman who is to be Arthur’s bride.  The way is fraught with tension and disaster for there are forces who would not see the king wed.  When Malgwyn discovers a string of killings involving young virginal women who are slaughtered in a horrific manner—not unlike a ritual sacrifice—he is left with a question that he must answer quickly. 

Are these murders portents of the gods taking vengeance on the intrusion of a new faith? 

Or mortal men plotting to unseat the king?


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About Tony Hays

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Tony Hays is a journalist and novelist. He has covered topics as varied as narcotics trafficking (earning his newspaper the Tennessee Press Association award for Public Service in 2000), political corruption, Civil War history, and the war on terror. His short fiction has appeared both in the United States and Japan, and he is the author of three novels. He resides in Tennessee.
Published March 29, 2011 by Forge Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the third volume of his Arthurian Mysteries series, in which he entwines King Arthur’s life and ascension to power with a murder mystery, Arthur has recently been crowned the Rigotamos, the High King of all Britannia, after bringing a measure of peace and stability to Britain.

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King Arthur is setting aside Guinevere, his lover of ten years, to make a political match with the daughter of King Aircol, hoping to solidify the alliance with this northern monarch.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Arthur loves Guinevere, but Guinevere’s got a bit of a bad rep, and so Arthur feels compelled to marry a young lady of political advantage.

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A serial killer is roaming the land in Tony Hays’ latest novel, The Beloved Dead, and King Arthur’s most trusted counselor, the one-armed investigative scribe Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, is tested as he never has been before in his efforts to catch the sadistic murderer of teenage girls.

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