When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into new digs in the winter of 1920, it’s under an assumed name, and with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, was responsible for a betrayal that cost the life of George’s adored older brother Hugh during the war. But the more he gets to know his quarry, the more George begins to lose sight of his mission—and his heart.
Matthew, a clergyman’s son who works in advertising, seems open and honest. He’s irrepressibly cheerful despite having lost an arm in the Great War, and soon makes it plain he’s attracted to George.
As the two become firm friends, George tries to tell himself his brother’s death was nothing more sinister than the luck of the draw, and to forget he used to be Roger “Conchie” Cottingham, who shamed his family by going to prison rather than take up arms against his fellow men.
But as George’s feelings for Matthew grow, so does the need to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. He has to prove Matthew innocent—even if in the process, Matthew will find out how George has deceived him.
Due out in ebook and print 22nd September 2015
Now, if some of that sounds familiar, there’s a reason for it: this novel is a re-imagining and major expansion of my 2010 short novella Dulce Et Decorum Est, now out of print. Although my MCs are the same, they have a rather different plot to follow, and the cast of characters has been greatly extended. George’s motivations, for example, are very different in To Love a Traitor to what they were in Dulce.