Peter Alan Orchard


Peter writes fiction set in the ancient and medieval worlds, including an adventure from the Trojan War ('The Painter of Lemnos') and a whodunit set in fifth-century BC Athens - 'A Pig in the Roses'. The Ulf of Leystoke short stories feature an Anglo-Saxon farmer turned ironsmith in ninth-century England, while 'Voices from the Past' is a collection of short stories set in periods from Bronze Age Greece to medieval England.

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Ulf of Leystoke
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A collection of short stories featuring Ulf, a farmer and part-time smith in the Anglo-Saxon village of Leystoke. Three of the stories have previously appeared singly, and the fourth, 'The Reckoning', is new for this collection.
The Painter of Lemnos
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure » General
It is the Bronze Age. On the plains of Ilion the Akhaian army under Agamemnon, fighting to capture the city of Priam, is trapped between the sea and its own defences. Kindulos lives a quiet life on the island of Lemnos, painting pictures on richer men's walls for a living. One morning the earth begins to shake and in a moment his world changes.
Voices from the Past
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Historical » General
Nine short tales set in the ancient and medieval past, ranging from the Bronze Age Mediterranean to a vineyard in ancient Rome and a medieval monastery.
A Pig in the Roses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,610. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Athens is a city living on its nerves, a city on the verge of war with Sparta. When Diokles - merchant, family man, inquisitive, loyal and a terrible lyre player - finds his wife’s uncle Makron accused of murder, it is his duty to defend him. But this is no simple killing, and Diokles must not only smoke out the truth but risk his own life to protect his wife and children.

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  • Night of the Storm on April 20, 2011

    This was an excellent read when it first came out in paperback and is still well worth the money, especially if you like the splendidly-evoked and sunny Mediterranean setting. It's good to see it available for ebook.
  • Chivalry: A Jake Savage Adventure on Sep. 09, 2011

    The weather in France is foul and Sir Robert's company are hungry and desperate. Jake Savage and his companions are beating their way through the rain in search of provisions when they come to a tent, a lady and a knight in black armour. The knight is a formidable opponent, but the lady's challenge is clear: conquer him and take me and my lands. The combat is brutal, but Jake's humanity leads him to a fitting conclusion. This is a strongly-written and enjoyable tale with a good feeling for medieval storytelling and I am happy to recommend it.
  • Bird Talk: A Tale of Medieval Magic on Sep. 09, 2012

    Roger Draper is a curious priest, and when he hears of a hoopoe for sale in the local market he smells sorcery. But when he takes the constable to investigate and finds the offending bird in the hands of his beloved Margery, Roger is in a quandary. The tale now involves a sturdy beggar, a missing book of spells, a church inquisitor and a good deal of drink taken by the constable, before reaching a satisfactory conclusion. An enjoyable story, neatly plotted and characterised and well worth a read.