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The Worms in Fools' Fingers-bookcover

By: MJ Watts

The Worms in Fools' Fingers

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When wickedness is confronted by righteousness, it is often difficult to tell them apart. Seventeenth century Europe has been ravaged by war for almost thirty years. The people are broken, starving, and riven by disease. Out of the devastation and their desperation for somewhere to lay the blame comes the terror of the witch persecutions. Udo Beck is a soldier who has survived a battle that he vows will be his last. Learning of the fortunes being made by witch confessors, he decides where his future lies - a decision that will change his very humanity and the lives of those around him.

In the German state of Saxony, an outbreak of a horrific contagion is blamed on witchcraft, and the zealotry of an ambitious Bishop brings terror throughout the state. Disparate and memorable characters are brought together on the forested slopes of the Harz mountains where each must confront their own iniquities as their lives are seized by events and forces beyond their control.

From England, from the frozen shores of the Baltic, and from the blue limpid waters of the Caribbean, The Worms in Fools’ Fingers is an historical adventure - a tale of ambition, greed, and betrayal that destroys lives and families, and renders formerly unbreakable friendships asunder.

MJ Watts has been a chef, a publican and a civil servant, during which time he contributed to the delivery of modern IT systems. When he realized that technology was moving so fast that he could never keep up, he retired to spend time writing, playing guitar, hill walking and finding and enjoying good beer. He has travelled widely, absorbing impressions of places and of people and their stories for future inspiration. This is his first novel. MJ Watts lives in Northumberland with his long-time partner, Val.


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