SD Sykes writes the Oswald de Lacy series, set in the tumultuous middle decades of the fourteenth century – in the aftermath of the Black Death. She has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam and attended the novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative where she was inspired to finish her first novel after a career in marketing and commerce. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding. She has a passion for history, particularly the more gruesome and grisly side of medieval life. She lives in Kent.

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Oswald’s character, beautifully painted by Sykes, dominates this excellent historical thriller set against the waterways, palaces and dungeons of medieval Venice.

Sunday Express
on City of Masks

It’s no fun reading a medieval mystery if it isn’t steeped in filth, squalor and pestilence. S. D. Sykes [...] serves it all up in vivid detail, from the noxious smells to an actual burial pit, heaped with the putrefying bodies of plague victims. 

Marilyn Stasio
New York Times on Plague Land

The medieval CJ Sansom.

Jeffery Deaver
on Plague Land