The Sinner's Bible

A Stand-Alone Novella in the Natalie Brandon Thriller Series

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The Sinner's Bible: A Natalie Brandon Thriller by Jenni Wiltz

Natalie Brandon doesn’t believe in curses – except the one afflicting her. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she’s tormented by a recurring hallucination – the voice of an angel named Belial. When her boss acquires a copy of the rare 1631 Sinners’ Bible, Belial tells her that the book is linked to the tragic Stuart dynasty – and the curse that brought it down.

Natalie doesn’t believe it until the public unveiling of the book goes horribly awry. A pair of thieves take Natalie, her sister, and her boss hostage. When Belial orders her to keep the thieves from stealing the Sinners’ Bible, Natalie knows it’s because he wants to unleash the curse once more. Will she stop the thieves or will she stop Belial? No matter which choice she makes, someone will die.

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A country in political and religious turmoil…


The presence chamber’s doors flew open and the men-at-arms stamped their halberds as King Charles I passed into the antechamber. The queen followed him, swathed in pearls and a fox-fur wrap. William bowed low as the king and queen swept toward him. “Your Majesties,” he said.

“William,” Charles replied warmly. “What brings you here on such a cold day? I’d have thought the warmth of your hearth would suit you better than this drafty old place.”

The king spoke French, as he always did in the queen’s presence, requiring him to reply in kind. “My duty suits me in any weather, Your Majesty.”

“And what is your duty today?”

His hands shook as he held out the book. “The devil is at work in England, sire.”

Meet the Characters

Natalie Brandon

Natalie

•Our heroine
•Diagnosed with early-onset paranoid schizophrenia at age 9
•Hears a persistent hallucination – the voice of an angel named Belial

Beth Brandon

Beth

•Natalie’s older sister and legal guardian
•Yale, class of ’95 – history major
•Tenured professor at Rosemont University

Benjamin Crawford

Crawford

•Chancellor of Rosemont University
•Natalie & Beth’s boss

Avi Druckman

Avi

•Associate Librarian, Rare Book & Manuscript Collection
•Hates social media

Ezra Hawkins

Ezra

•Farmer beset by the CA drought
•Jacob’s younger brother

Jacob Hawkins

Jacob

•Ezra’s older brother
•Diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma

Henri IV, King of France

Henri IV

•1553-1610 (assassinated)
•King of France
•Henrietta Maria’s father

King Charles I

Charles I

•1600-1649 (executed)
•King of England
•Henrietta Maria’s husband

William Laud

William Laud

•1573-1645 (executed)
•Archbishop of London, later of Canterbury
•Brought the error in the Sinners’ Bible to Charles I’s attention

Henrietta Maria

Henrietta Maria

•1609-1669
•Queen of England
•Mother of Henriette, Charles II, and James II

Henriette Stuart

Henriette

•1644-1670
•Daughter of Charles I & Henrietta Maria
•Married Philippe, duc d’Orleans

Philippe d'Orleans

Philippe

•1640-1701
•Husband of Henriette
•Louis XIV’s brother

Charles II

Charles II

•1630-1685
•King of England
•Brother of Henriette and James II

James II

James II

•1633-1701
•King of England
•Brother of Charles II and Henriette
•Father of Mary and Anne

Mary II

Mary II

•1662-1694
•Married William of Orange
•Took crown from James II

Queen Anne Stuart

Anne

•1665-1714
•Queen of England
•Last reigning Stuart

A standoff between a desperate brother and a determined sister…


Natalie looked at the man with the gun and a jolt of fear shot through her veins. The door was closed, and he had a silencer. He could shoot them all, if he wanted. Belial, she mouthed. Wake up.

The gunman aimed the pistol at Avi. “What else is behind that door?”

Avi held up his hands. “It’s a s—storage room. Shelves and manuscripts.”

“Get in.”

Avi nodded and stepped backward.

“Wait,” the gunman said. “Your phone. Put it on the lectern.”

Natalie tilted her head. Whoever this guy was, he wasn’t someone she’d have pegged to use the word lectern. Her eyes flickered toward Beth, but her sister was facing forward, stock-still.

The gunman moved to the front of the room. “You,” he said, aiming at an Asian girl who was holding up her hands and hyperventilating with fear. “Into the storage room.” He proceeded through the first two rows of folding chairs, directing everyone to drop their phones on the lectern and proceed into the storage room.

Belial, she thought. He’s coming to Beth. What do I do?

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