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The Judas Kiss
The Judas Kiss
Author: Victoria Holt
ISBN: 94675
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 404
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Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Her twentieth novel, an exciting tale of intrigue in the Bavarian Alps, takes the reader to the Grand Duchy of Bruxenstein, where lovely 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 Rudolph of Bruxenstein and his mysterious 'companion,' a beautiful Englishwoman.

Yet Pippa is sure that the 'companion' was her sister and that Francine 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 sister's fate...but she was to find her own.