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The Marlowe Conspiracy

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
1593, Elizabethan England: With his life on the line and the clock ticking, playwright/spy Christopher Marlowe teams up with William Shakespeare to uncover a high-level government conspiracy. Together, they race through Marlowe's tangled life of crime and espionage to expose the conspiracy and save him from the hangman's noose... But will anything save a man as troubled as ...more
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published (first published October 18th 2010)
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M.G. Scarsbrook
Dec 02, 2010 M.G. Scarsbrook rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, christopher marlowe, or thrillers
I'm the author of this novel, so I just wanted to give readers a little more information about the story.

As some people may know, Christopher Marlowe was a real playwright who wrote for THE ROSE theatre alongside William Shakespeare. He was the first person to use blank verse in dramatic form. His connection to the Elizabethan spy networks is widely speculated upon due to the fact that his patron was heavily connected in the spy world, and the Privy Council (the highest governing body in the cou
Chris Stanley
Jan 03, 2011 Chris Stanley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, kindle
Another interesting version of the murder of Kit Marlowe. I enjoyed this immensely.
Alice Yeh
Mar 02, 2011 Alice Yeh rated it really liked it
In The Marlowe Conspiracy, Scarsbrook draws us into Elizabethan England and the double life of Christopher Marlowe, or Kit. As a spy for his patron, Thomas Walsingham, Kit has given his allegiance to his country and his heart to the stage, in spite of recent jadedness over the limitations of his craft.

As far as conspiracies go, the standard formula goes something like this: innocent hero finds himself in trouble; innocent hero runs away from trouble; hero and confederates uncover an increasingly
This was a fun read. I liked the way the personality of playwright Christopher Marlowe was portrayed. There were great moments in which he was clever or outrageous. Many people believe things about Marlowe without evidence. He is widely thought to be gay. In fact, this is the first novel I've read in which he's heterosexual. I have yet to read a portrayal of Marlowe as gay where he was rendered as sympathetically as he was in this book. The only reason why this book doesn't get five stars is tha ...more
Jul 19, 2015 CuteBadger rated it it was ok
I got this book as a freebie for my Kindle and it's been on there for nearly 4 years unread. Had a go while on holiday and overall I quite enjoyed it. I knew a bit about Christopher Marlowe already and like historical novels so what's not to like. However, the constant spelling problems such as eating bread roles, a description someone being hanged, drawn and quartered by having his bowls (bowels) pulled out, and died hair meant that I quickly grew exasperated. Add to this some anachronistic plo ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Nae rated it liked it
Well, it was a bit different, but the plot itself was kind of clunky and it was difficult to keep track of what, exactly, the author was aiming for in spots.
There were parts of this book I loved (the use of well researched details of theatre life and the Star Chamber courts), parts that made me cringe (yes, it's fiction, but fiction based on something as well documented as the time line of Christopher Marlowe's short life shouldn't play fast and loose with that time line). Parts of the book seemed forced (Shakespear's created involvement in the last day's of Marlowe's life came from being an extreme fanboy? ), while others made perfect sense (a man ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Oshun rated it liked it
Got it on Kindle cheap because I was curious about Christopher Marlowe and had read none of the historical fiction exploring the mystery of his death and/or the question of his sexual preference. I'll probably finish it, but I wish it were better done. I copy check a lot and I've been wanting to grab my virtual pencil and write all over this manuscript from page one. It's not bad, just not stunning, and breaking my heart that it could be so much better with the tiniest bit more care.

Now that I a
Lisa Hall
Mar 11, 2014 Lisa Hall rated it it was ok
It was.......OK. I didn't like the fact that great chunks of Marlowe's work was reproduced (if you're going to read Marlowe, read Marlowe. The whole thing. I promise it's worth it). Some of the grammar left a little to be desired and as said in previous reviews if you just want to read a novel loosely based on historical facts, then it's fine. Just not really my cup of tea.
Jan 08, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-fic
The lives of contemporary poets/playwrights Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare are cloaked in mystery, and it's always fun to read books set in Elizabethan London. The Marlowe Conspiracy is no exception, and particularly interesting is the imaginary, adventurous friendship shared between two of England's most famous authors. What is perplexing, however, is the number of errors in the text that were overlooked by both author and editor. Common misspellings (you're for your) abound. Even ...more
David Hurst
Apr 30, 2014 David Hurst rated it liked it
Great story, and interesting characterisation. Enjoyable, but writing style sometimes irritating
Jan 28, 2014 Trish rated it it was ok
An entertaining story, but the writing, editing and anachronisms leave a lot to be desired.
Feb 21, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracies are always intriguing and those of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare are no exception. I was slowly and steadily pulled into this story and was kept there right up until the end. A fascinating and interesting tale. An enjoyable read.
Feb 20, 2012 Erika rated it it was ok
Although there is plenty of evidence showing that Marlowe was involved in the espionage dealings of Elizabeth I's time, this novel felt sort of "forced" to me. It was ok, but I wasn't really engaged by the characters or the plot.
Jul 16, 2014 Jack rated it liked it
Interesting, if somewhat meandering historical mystery based on a few real characters and some historical events
Nev Thomas
Apr 27, 2012 Nev Thomas rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.Good Elizabethan Historical thriller
Jan 22, 2012 Becca rated it it was ok
Not worth reading.
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M. G. Scarsbrook is the author of two historical novels and the editor of four literary collections. Since 2011 his books have sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide and been translated into five languages. English editions of his work are sold in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats at all major online bookstores. A member of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Author ...more
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