The Sheriff’s Catch, Part 1 of the Sassana Stone Pentalogy

Winner of the ‘best novel’ and ‘best historical fiction’ categories at the international Royal Dragonfly Book Awards 2019.

Abel de Santiago is a man on the run. Once a famous sniper, Abel finds himself a survivor of the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in 16th C Ireland. Following his capture by a brutal sheriff, Abel flees torture and death with a priceless emerald ring. Dozens of English troopers hunt the Spaniard across the Irish wilds, beating every last bush in a desperate attempt to find him.

Muireann is a revered Irish poetess enjoying the hospitality of a neighbouring tribe. Tragedy strikes when the sheriff’s men kill her husband during a violent night raid, with her life barely saved by the fugitive Abel. Newly widowed and shocked by her loss, Muireann must somehow reach the distant lands of her tribe, where she can be reunited with her only son.

Both runaways form an unlikely bond as they flee across a strange and stunning land, pushed to the edge of their wits and endurance. Yet unknown to Muireann, the ring Abel carries bears far-reaching consequences beyond Irish shores. Can the unlikely, desperate pair escape a ruthless sheriff who will never give up the chase?

“a feverishly-paced historical adventure populated with memorable characters. A finalist and highly recommended”

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019

Other Upcoming Titles in the Series


Santiago finds himself taken in by the rebel MacGlannagh tribe who inhabit the rugged kingdom of Dartry. Along with the Irish poetess Muireann, Santi seeks a shipwrecked Spanish captain who could broker a powerful alliance between the Irish rebels and Spanish castaways…


During a winter that is harsh beyond memory, Santiago and his eight fellow Spaniards must defend the tower house of their rebel Irish host against the English Viceroy and his army of two thousand men. Vile betrayal worsens the insane odds faced by the Spaniards, who are bound by their oath to fight to the death…


The whole of Connacht is about to burst into flames, as the MacGlannaghs are urged by their overlord the O’Rourke to take up arms against their oppressors. Meanwhile Santiago risks losing the affection of his Irish hosts, through his forbidden pursuit of the widowed Muireann…


A new order is descending upon the northern rebels, who prepare for a last battle against the sheriff of Sligo. Amidst the bloody fallout, Santiago and Muireann find themselves back where they started, as they try to elude a sinister power which extends from far beyond Dublin and all the way from London…

Accolades for ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’