Date Posted: 3/12/2012 8:52 PM ET
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Well we have been waiting and this is a great idea. Justin poping up in King's Ransom. YAY!!!!
So many of my readers have been urging me to continue the Justin de Quincy mysteries. I really would like to do so, for I’ve become quite fond of Justin and John is always great fun to write about, especially on his darker days. As I’ve explained in the past, my publisher asked me to concentrate on the historicals for now, as they sell better. I have not given up on Justin, though; there is still way too much of his story still to tell. Besides, it is wonderful to be able to play God with my fictional characters—they do whatever I want them to do, and no back talk! Several of you have suggested that I give Justin some screen time in Ransom. I was dubious at first, but the more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me. For members of Justin’s Facebook Fan Club, they’ll be getting a “Justin fix” to tide them over until I can resume his series, and so will I---I’ve missed him! I suppose it is possible that the powers-that-be might want me to leave his scenes on the cutting room floor, but we won’t know unless I try, will we?
In The Queen’s Man, Justin was drawn into the queen’s world when a dying messenger begged him to deliver his message to Eleanor—this was a copy of the letter that the Emperor Heinrich had written to the French king, announcing that Richard had been taken captive by the Duke of Austria. The letter had been copied by a spy at the French court in the pay of the Archbishop of Rouen, offering us a rare glimpse of medieval spy-craft. With apologies to Justin, I could not let him deliver the bad news to Eleanor in Ransom, but I am sure she will need his services as she struggles to raise the vast ransom demanded and to keep Richard’s kingdom safe until he can regain his freedom. BTW, Radar Max posted a Ripley’s Believe it or Not the other day that estimated the amount of Richard’s ransom in current money as about a billion dollars! I am not sure if I totally believe that, but there is no doubt that it was an outrageous sum, and I suspect a number of Richard’s subjects wondered privately if he was worth it. Fortunately for him, his mother had no doubts whatsoever.