The Judas Kiss Author:Victoria Holt The Judas Kiss is the latest addition to Victoria Holt's unbroken string of international best-sellers, of which more than fifty million copies have been sold. She is one of the most popular authoris in the world. — Her twentieth novel, an exciting tale of intrigue in the Bavarian Alps, takes the reader to the Grand Duchy of Bruxenstein, where l... more »ovely Francine Ewell had eloped with her suitor, Baron Rudolph, heir to the throne. Left behind was her younger sister Pippa, who must face alone the wrath of their dour grandfather, autocratic master of Greystone, the brooding manor house in Kent.
Pippa's only solace in her loneliness comes from Francine's letters, which speak of her husband's devotion, of their young son, of their intention to bring Pippa to live with them in a land straight out of a fairy tale. But the letters stop abruptly, and Pippa seems doomed to a loveless match arranged by the overbearing patriarch who heads her family. And then she stumbles upon a newspaper clipping that tells of a murder in a faraway country, the victims are Rudoplh of Bruxenstein and his mysterious 'companion,' a beautiful Englishwoman.
Yet Pippa is sure that the 'compainon' was her sister and that Frandince and Rudolph had indeed married. She is also sure that there was a child. But no one shares her certainty, and soon she realizes that no one really cares to know. But she has to know the truth.
So Pippa sets off across Europe, bound for a passionate adventure, a romance of her own, fraught with danger, duplicity, and irresistible emotion. She sought her siser's fate...but she was to find her own.« less