Mireille Pavane cannot recall exactly when she began messing about with books and literature but since then (brainwashed at a young age by the French and Russian writers and E.M. Forster) it has remained an abiding love. Mireille continues to scribble away in secret when not otherwise distracted by a professional career or gardening duties in her alternate life. She also has an unhealthy curiosity and fondness for footnotes which she attempts to curtail from time to time. Mireille is a member of the international and local chapters of the Village Idiots’ Guild.
On the wedding day of Princess Beatrice, news arrived that the feared one-eyed beast had broken free of his imprisonment and was coming for the princess to avenge the loss of his right eye and the jewel she had stolen three years ago from the Black Mountain. Can one recalcitrant princess save the kingdom of Trasimene from the evil at its gates?
‘May you gain your heart's desire.’
Four friends, a celebrated fashion empire, glamorous lives which were the envy of the world. But secrets can cast long shadows. Behind the polished facade, it was all threatening to unravel. What happened on the night of the Renaissance Ball which still entangles their fates?