Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose, the third historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy.
In the pursuit of power, nothing is sacred…
Summer, 1584. The Protestant Prince William of Orange has been assassinated by a fanatical Catholic, and there are whispers that Queen Elizabeth will be next. Fear haunts the streets of...more
In this third book in the 'Giordano Bruno' series, Bruno tries to track down a killer in Canterbury while he exposes Catholic plots against Queen Elizabeth. The novel can be read as a standalone.
It's 1584 and antagonism rages between Protestant England and Catholic countries of Europe. Many people, even in England, would like nothing better than to to depose (or kill) Queen Elizabeth and install a Catholic monarch on the English throne. Thus the Queen's adviser, Sir Francis ...more
This is apparently the third book in a series, so once again I have the interesting experience of being dropped into an already established situation and trying to catch up. It wasn't too hard; Parris deftly sketches in the portrait of Bruno, the ex-monk, ex-spy, ex-fugitive, philosopher, diplomat and writer. In this book he's under the spell of the beautiful Sophia, who begs him to go to Canterbury to solve the mystery of her late ...more
Okay, I'm done now. But seriously folks, it is an excellent read. S.J. Parris is the pen name for Stephanie Merritt, a British journalist and author of two previous novels in the series, Heresy and Prophecy.
I had the opportunity to talk with her when she was visiting Toronto recently, and she spoke about writing when your child is on vacation (tricky), researching the Elizabethan era (fascinating), and how ...more
The appeal of this novel for me is the Canterbury setting in the late 16th century; the descriptions of the cobbled lanes and overhanging casements transport the modern-day city back to its medieval self without too much effort of the imagination!
The strands of the plot are a little repetitive in the first third of the book; Giordano Bruno's role of saviour to Sophia is underlined in metaphorical bold font again and again....and the twist is, of course, that he is ultimately ...more
I still enjoyed the read but the more I read ...more
In this novel Bruno journeys to Canterbury to help an old flame who is on the run after being accused of murdering her much older husband, a prominent magistrate in Canterbury. But while investigating, he uncovers a ...more
With Sophia disguised ...more
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I didn't like Bruno's romance with Sophia and after finding out a bit more about Giordano Bruno I don't think that he would have became so romantically involved with a person like this.
I've heard that the first two books are better so I wouldn't bother reading this book if you haven't read the first two.
But it was a damn enjoyable read and I'm excited to continue.
What I love most about Giordano Bruno is just how Charismatic he is. He can literally talk his way out of so many situations and charm any information out of people. In fact, he's so charismatic, he doesn't even know it, and that's what makes him so likeable.
EquaIly, I think what makes him such ...more
Travelling to the city of Canterbury, and to its Cathedral where Thomas Beckett was murdered, Giordano Bruno, a former Dominican monk and now a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham, investigates what he initially thought to be a simple murder of the local magistrate. His reasons for doing so, however, are not for the sake of true justice, but rather because a woman he first encountered in a ...more
Sacrilege is the third book in this series. Bruno is tracked down by Sophia, a lady who featured in the first book. A lady who he has a past with. She is on the run, accused of the murder of her wealthy husband in Canterbury. She claims innocence, and asks Bruno to solve the murder, and clear her name. He requests permission from Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’ ...more
S.J. Parris began reviewing books for national newspapers while she was reading English literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating, she went on to become Deputy Literary Editor of The Observer in 1999. She continues to work as a feature writer and critic for the Guardian and the Observer and from 2007-2008 she curated and produced the Talks ...more