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.
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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
discovers shakes his belief in himself and the world around him.
Mr Clements excels in his debut. While he can write spine-tingling action with flair, his ...more
Whilst not badly written, the characters are essentially flat and appear too obviousl ...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
Yes, it is very brutal in places, but ...more
While he's investigating, he unco ...more
Of the 50 or so pages of the book I did finish, I will say the sense of place the author creates is well done. His descriptions were good at making me feel like I was there in the moment with ...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.
Lots of blood and guts
Many of the same character s as in the Robert Carey books by Catherine Finney books. Not as romantic but very good nonetheless.
A very satisfying book that ties up the loose ends well in the end. Once again Topcliff grits away with crimes he commits.