David Penny is the author of the Thomas Berrington series of historical novels set in the last remnants of Moorish Spain.Published at an early age, David is the author of four science-fiction novels which appeared between 1975-79 published by Robert Hale. He has now returned to writing after a break of over 30 years and chosen to pursue an independent publishing route. To hear about new releases and special offers join the mailing list.
In 1482 the Englishman Thomas Berrington is living in the last remnants of Moorish Spain. A physician, he is an unwilling friend to the most powerful man in the kingdom. When bodies start to turn up, each showing the marks of a savage attack, Thomas is asked to investigate.
When one of the Sultan’s wives is brutally murdered, what begins as a reluctant task turns into a fight for survival. Together with the eunuch Jorge, Thomas attempts to hunt down the killer before they become his next victims. Except nothing is as it seems—friends turn into enemies and enemies into friends.
Thomas’s investigation lays bare the secrets of the Red Hill and the people who inhabit it. His discoveries culminate in a battle not only for his own life, but for the lives of those he loves.
In March 1483 surgeon Thomas Berrington is expecting only to perform the duty set by his master, operate on a Spanish Prince, and return to his home in Moorish al-Andalus. That is until he and his companion Jorge witness the result of a brutal murder as they enter the city of Qurtuba.
Tasked by Queen Isabel to hunt down the killer who has been terrorising her city, Thomas is propelled into an unfamiliar world of religious mania where it is impossible to tell who can be trusted. Meanwhile the eunuch Jorge is on a quest of his own—to track down the family he hasn’t seen in almost twenty years.
When Jorge’s new found niece is chosen as the Bonebreaker’s next victim the pair are faced with their toughest challenge yet. Will they be able to expose the killer in time, or is there yet another life to pay for one man’s madness?
Sometimes only sacrifice can save those you love.
Moorish Spain, 1484, and no-one is innocent.
Thomas Berrington, emigre Englishman who has made the doomed city of Garnatah his home, is once again attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths. Accompanied by his companion, the palace eunuch Jorge, Thomas struggles to discover the truth while those in power seek to distract him. As his investigation continues, his personal life splinters into chaos and he finds the Spanish once more demanding his presence.
As Thomas and Jorge draw closer to their quarry, the killer’s attention turns on them and those they love. The pair must race to unmask the sin eater before the lives of those close to them become forfeit.
The Sin Eater is the follow up to The Red Hill and Breaker of Bones, stunning historical mysteries set in a time and place coloured by intrigue and battle.
He comes in the night to steal your final breath.
For Thomas Berrington, torn between two warring civilisations, Ronda is meant to be an escape from the madness engulfing Gharnatah. For al-Zagal, the default leader of al-Andalus, it is a return to his mountain stronghold. In the year 1485 this should be a time of recovery and replenishment.
Until the Spanish army arrives, spreading across the plain below towering cliffs. And in the town women are being murdered, so subtly the first deaths go unnoticed.
Once more Thomas and Jorge are thrown into the pursuit of a killer as the world around them changes, and the end of a once great civilisation draws closer. Can they unmask the Incubus before he steals the breath of more victims?
Set in the final years of the Moorish Empire that once ruled Spain, The Incubus is the fourth book in the acclaimed Thomas Berrington mysteries.
Thomas, Jorge and Lubna return in their fifth adventure.
What price a man’s soul?
Summoned to attend the Spanish Queen, English surgeon Thomas Berrington discovers Sevilla in turmoil. Plague ravages the city, and the Inquisition takes both innocent and guilty alike.
Amongst this chaos Thomas must investigate a series of killings where two victims are taken together, but for what reason?
Seeking his help is an old enemy, but can a man change so much? Thomas has to decide whether to trust or not, and if he makes the wrong decision his own life may be forfeit.
When the eunuch Jorge joins him, events take on a new urgency as the killer’s attention turns toward Thomas and his friends.
Only by risking the life of a woman he loves can Thomas succeed, but is he willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if his plan fails?
The Inquisitor is the fifth instalment of the Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries set in the final years of Moorish Spain.