Petra Schier was born in 1978. She lives with her husband and an Alsatian in a small village in Germany’s Eifel region. She studied history and literature before beginning work as a freelance writer in 2005. Her historical novels, including a series featuring the apothecary Adelina, combine suspenseful writing with exhaustively researched historical background. She is a board member of the writer’s association DELIA. Find out more about Petra Schier at www.petra-schier.de
THE LOMBARD’S RING
Cologne, 1423. Aleydis, a young widow, is trying to make a success of the small currency exchange business she has inherited. But enmity, envy and avarice are making her life difficult and the shady dealings of her dead husband continue to have repercussions in the present.
Why else would someone carry out an arson attack on her sister-in-law? Although Aleydis needs help, she is wary of her husband’s half-brother who suddenly turns up one day. She also tries to keep her distance to Vinzenz van Cleve, a judge whose family[AB1] poses a threat to Aleydis...