"A JUST EXCHANGE . . ."(volume 1)
" . . . is no Theft?"(volume 2)
by Matthew Olson
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|A Just Exchange
The novel opens with an account of a lost child in 2113 and then moves forward to the year 2135. The Chairman of the Arts Department informs Dr Joseph Dashper, a lecturer at Camford University, England, that his bid for a new department is not going to be funded.
Joseph also discovers that his chairman's daughter, Alice, is anxious for Joseph to impregnate her. The world is in the grip of a population decline and Joseph rejects Alice's offer without revealing that he is sterile as are the majority of the population.
Joseph agrees to let his friends, Ralph and Eric, perform a physics experiment in a storage shed at Monksbridge Hall, his family property. The experiment opens up a portal to the year 1535 as an unexpected side effect. Eric becomes ill with the plague. Joseph is persuaded to make the crossing in the hope of retrieving artifacts.
It is back in this time that Joseph Dashper meets Sister Miriam (recently initiated into a religious order).
...Is no Theft
This is the second volume of the Monksbridge Trilogy. It continues the story from the first volume. Joseph and Miriam are in the year 2135, Miriam is pregnant and they possess valuable books that they have stolen by traveling back to an Abbey in an earlier century. Miriam gives birth to twins.
The death of the two lecturers from Camford University continues to cause problems for Joseph but he is able to strengthen his position at the University by producing the books. He bargains for a Chair in Medieval History and for a new library.
Professor Winchester pursues Joseph in an attempt to find out how his lecturers died and Inspector Hutto pursues Miriam in an attempt to find out where she went when she was missing. They collude after the inquest to obtain the information. Inspector Hutto recruits a hematologist to perform illegal tests. Their investigations lead to unforeseen consequences for all.
Miriam travels back to her old world. Seemingly by accident the first time, but on the second occasion to help Joseph. A secret about Monksbridge Hall is revealed. Miriam discovers that she has lost her healing powers but they turn up in an unexpected place. The twins are involved in Miriam's travels. The truth of her physical being is partially revealed.
Background: In communication with the author Matthew Olson, he states that he wished to have two similar names for the families in the book. He chose De Ashpere for the early family and contracted it to Dashper for the modern name. He was unaware that there were existing families with that name. 'A Just Exchange' is the first part of a proposed trilogy, and is published in eBook format for reading from your computer or handheld reader.
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