Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose, the fourth historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy.
August, 1585. England is on the brink of war…
Sir Francis Drake is preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish when a murder aboard his ship changes everything.
A relentless enemy. A treacherous conspiracy.
Better than the previous one, book 3, which kind of annoyed me, especially the love interest part of the story, whereas the setting, Canterbury was great.
This story is better for me. It's about Sir Francis Drake, preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish, ...more
However, the Griffin has very little to do with the book. The book is set in England and that is the only relation between the two. I really should have read the blurb before I bought this. This is a murder mystery set in Elizabethan England in which Bruno, the protagonist, is sent to uncover the murderer, so no Griffins at all. But that, of course, isn’t the ...more
Bruno and his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, travel to Plymouth to escort an official from Portugal to the Queen but Sidney has another idea. He wants to travel on Drake's new expedition to the New ...more
In Treachery, Bruno is headed to Plymouth with Sir Philip ...more
The reader is thrust into the seedy dwellings and streets of Elizabethan Plymouth with such accomplishment that one can smell the stench and feel the depravity that existed there. This added to the variety and originality of the story's intriguing ...more
This one is full of twists and turns although with my knowledge of Elizabethan History I can't help but wonder whether this would have been the perfect place to end the series.
Definitely recommend it.
Caught up with intrigue, the Spanish question, the French and English monarchs, and his own troubles Italian "defrocked monk, excommunicated for heresy," and now spy, Giordano Bruno accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth's to Plymouth where Sir Francis Drake's fleet is readying to set sail for the Spanish Main. It's 1585 and Drake is on the eve of departure. Ostensibly Sir Philip is to escort Dom Antonio, the pretender to the Portuguese ...more
This is a gripping historical thriller, with an engrossing plot, full of twists and turns, so that there are multiple possibilities for the resolution of the ...more
Somebody gets murdered, a few ruffs get ruffled, and an opportunity presents itself to take a trip through Tudor England.
If the above sounds cynical, then it's not meant to be. Giordano Bruno is certainly one of the more interesting 'historical' characters to feature in these types of novels, and he certainly has his work cut out for him whilst investigating skulduggery in Tudor Plymouth.
As much as I enjoyed reading this, Treachery did present a few ...more
This story corresponds with real history, when war had already been declared by Phillip II of Spain after the Treaty of Nonsuch in which Elizabeth I had offered her support to the rebellious ...more
As the series has progressed, I have ...more
Giordano Bruno was a real person. He was an Italian monk, who questioned scientific teachings of the Church and was forced to flee for his life. He ended up, eventually, in England, ...more
Accompanied by his close friend, Sir Philip Sidney, the son-in-law of Sir Francis Walsingham, the Queen's chief spy and Bruno's paymaster, Bruno is drafted into the ...more
Whilst not particularly profound, the plots are decent enough and rattle along, with a fairly typical cast of dodgy-looking priests, beautiful duchesses, and whores. This time round, some of the subject matter was a bit ...more
I love Bruno. He's sly and interesting, and sometimes frustratingly silent as he allows the reader to contemplate the evidence for themselves, somewhat Sherlockian, I thought. In any case, I enjoy tales of the ...more
The tale then follows how this pair track down the real killers and determine their motives. There are some excellent historical elements - and the description of the sad lives of young prostitutes ...more
Bruno is dragged off to Plymouth by his friend Sir Philip Sidney who has hopes of wheedling his way onto one of Sir Francis Drake's ships and finding fame and fortune across the seas. Bruno does not share Philip's desire to go to sea and fortunately for Bruno they find themselves stuck on land due to a death aboard Drake's ship that looks like a suicide but may not be.
As Bruno and Philip investigate the death of Robert Dunne they find ...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