Stranger Than Fiction

It’s often said that truth is stranger than fiction. I recently watched an episode of the show “Mysteries at the Castle” that discussed the true story behind the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, a story I had, until that moment, always believed to be fiction.


Back in the 16th century, a young man named Petrus Gonsalvus, referred to as “the man of the woods” for his beast-like features, came to the attention of Henry II, King of France, because he appeared to most to be a talking animal. Petrus suffered from a rare condition called hypertrichosis which left him covered head to toe in thick hair. He remained at court and eventually became a nobleman of sorts, although he was never fully accepted by his peers because of his condition.

As a nobleman, a lady of the court was chosen to be his bride but she, like many, had reservations about him. Over time, she began to see past his looks and they fell in love. This tale came to the attention of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve who then wrote Beauty and the Beast.

This goes to show while there are many stories about fantastic tales of mystery and intrigue, Petrus’ case proves that truth is often stranger than fiction.


“It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare…”

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

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“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore…

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About Rachel Sharpe

Author of "Cold Ambition," "Lost Distinction," and "Bitter Retribution," Available Now on and Amazon! "Simple Misconception" Coming Soon from Soul Mate Publishing!
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