A Pocketful of Thieves

A Pocketful of Thieves

by R. J. (Barbara) Stuart

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All is not as it seems on the El Camino to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Among the thousands of pilgrims is a calculating thief who attempts to use the bustle of Holy Week to smuggle out a valuable ancient manuscript. In the tradition of the Canterbury Tales, a group of travellers and a guide journey for five days exchanging their personal backgrounds among the scenic beauty. Each has something to hide.

These colourful characters come from all walks of life and different continents. Their pilgrimage enables them to learn something of the origins of the historic walk as well as a great deal about themselves. Declan, Victoria and Liam come from Ireland; Vicky, a Canadian photographer, won the trip in a competition and decides to bring her friend Andrea along; Santie and Heila are sisters from South Africa and Georgina, a British police consultant who follows the path of the manuscript and ultimately solves the mystery in an exciting denouement. Part travelogue, part drama, this whodunit will keep the reader’s attention in a rollicking ride which encompasses an unexpected twist in the tail. The subplot will tug at the heartstrings revealing greed, duplicity and human frailty. The author walked the path described in the novel thus authenticating its portrayal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928211570
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers
Publication date: 10/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 174
File size: 644 KB

About the Author

Barbara Stuart was born in Zambia and grew up in the Eastern Cape. She obtained a BA from Rhodes University, a Teachers’ Diploma from UCT and an Honours degree in History from UNISA. An educationalist at heart, she taught for over thirty years, ending her full-time career as the headmistress of a prominent independent girls’ junior school in Gauteng. Barbara has written text books and reference books and now works part time for Wits University as a tutor for student teachers. She is also a qualified facilitator and life coach. She also proof-reads for an up-and-coming educational publisher. Barbara volunteers two mornings a week at a local disadvantaged public school where she teaches and runs staff workshops. Barbara is passionate about her family, education and anything historical. She is married to John and has three children and five grandchildren. Her interests include reading, travel and playing bridge. A Pocketful of Thieves is her first published novel and is the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition.

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