Martyr (John Shakespeare #1)
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Rory Clements's Revenger.
A young woman is found murdered, her body marked with profane symbols. Even more shocking, she’s one of Queen Elizabeth’s aristocratic cousins. Is there a connection between this tragedy and a plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake—a plot that, if successful, could leave England defenseless in the face of
John Shakespeare is an investigator for Walsingham, charged with keeping Sir Francis Drake from being assassinated and rooting out any Catholic plots against the queen. Fellow investigator and rival Topcliffe always seems to be just ahead of Shakespeare in the investigation, using his brutal methods to get the answers he wants from the victims and perpetrators.
There were two things that jumped out at me...more
I was rather underwhelmed. It looked exciting, it's a time period I enjoy reading about and I like a good mystery. The historical aspect was very well done (hence the 3 stars instead of 2) and interesting, the mystery, not so much. There was just too much trying to be...more
However, Clements does a pretty good job keeping everything moving, until the last quarter of the book or so, which dragged for me. I kept feeling like we were heading for a big denouement, but it just slogged on (in the case of John's "frantic" chase to Plymouth, literally. . .) The requisite "windin...more
Whilst not badly written, the characters are essentially flat and appear too obviousl...more
While he's investigating, he unco...more
... And it was truely dire! There was a believeable framework, but there was superimposed on this a far fetched mess of a story. Set in Elizabeth 1's reign, it concerns the unravelling of a plot by the Spanish to kill Sir Francis Drake. So far so good. However there is also a brutal murder that appears to be linked to the plot, which muddies the waters somewhat. Some of the characters are exteremely unpleasant, and are...more
The period is interesting and the historicity is good but the characters are somewhat two dimensional and the plot is predictable. Damning words I know but strangely I still enjoyed the book and will read the next one I am sure. It's a light weight read and flips along with no great demand on me and sometimes that's all I want from a book. So, no great shakes but it'll do.
John Shakespeare is an investigator and we meet him investigating the murder a well-connected young woman, the mystery of which he delves into throughout the book. The Setting is Elizabethan England where the likeable John Shakespeare is supposed to be working with t...more
A fast paced novel which vividly details the suspicions, perils and horrors of a da...more
Why it should have been felt necessary I really don't know...more
Yes, it is very brutal in places, but...more