The Angel's Mark
'A gorgeous book - rich, intelligent and dark in equal measure... Historical fiction at its most sumptuous.' Rory Clements
LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country's fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of L...more
As other writers of historical fiction have discovered, the latter part of the 16th century is a promising per ...more
A young boy’s body is pulled from the river Thames. With deformed lower limbs, it looks as if he was merely discarded. Nobody seems to know who he is, nor care about what happened to him. Except for physician Nicholas Shelby, an expectant father, who notices a mark on the young boy’s leg during an anatomy lecture. Nicholas is determined to ...more
Nicholas is a physician. A good man. An honest man. And then he kind of looses himself. Poor man.
I find it hard to review this one without saying too much. I did not expect it to be this hard.
So, it is a country of suspicion. You have to belong to the right church or else!
A woman doing a man's job! Take her down!
And physicians do ...more
Heresy is a felony, and there are plenty of people willing to whisper in the ears of the authorities to rid themselves of someone they dislike or feel slighted by. A dangerous ti ...more
I was blown away to find that this was the authors debut as it was perfect! The story was told br ...more
For a country that’s riddled with suspicion through religion and plots, and constantly feels threatened by invasion, it easily conveys a sense of those who are ignored and seen as vermin of society just because they’re poor or deformed or any number of other reasons to be forgotten about or ill treated.
For Nicholas Shelby, the truth of the country he lives in is brought to his attention by the little boy used fo ...more
At the heart of the story is Nicholas Shelby, a phsyician who tends to think outside the box, becomes fascinated by a mark he spots on the body of a young boy washed up on the side of the Thames. Where others dismiss the death of a poor boy as an accident he is convinced there is ...more
Grief stricken by a personal tragedy, Nicholas, is set on the ...more
Nicholas Selby wonders about the marks he sees on a dead body during an autopsy. His interest is further heightened when another body is pulled from the river with the same marks. Will anyone listen to what he has to say or will they disregard him as his life crumbles around him?
I really enjoyed this book. It is a bit different from the run of the mill. Nicholas Selby is a physician with a general practice, a wife and a baby on the way. Con ...more
I do not usually read historical fiction but the description for The Angel's Mark sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a try.
The Angel's Mark had me hooked from the start and flowed effortlessly from chapter to chapter. It is clear that the author spent a considerable amount of time researching life in Elizabethan London prior to writing this novel and he manages to present his findings in a clear, readable and realistic way. The book is wonderf ...more
Having aleays had a strong interest in this period of history, this book was 'right up my street'.
Well written as a fiction novel, it is well researched & provides an insight into this period using recordedobservations of this period.
It never ceases to amaze me, how similar in many ways both Elizabethan periods are. Full of discovers in science, travels to unexplored lands - though most of them involve space travel in our Elizabethan age. Will there be another age of discov ...more
This is not usually the type of book I pick to read but I am so very glad I have, its brilliant.
It was the cover that first attracted me ..it just called out "look this is interesting".
It is a "who done it" that leaves you guessing right up to the last few pages.
So interesting as the author puts in so many interesting facts on how life was lived in London in 1590.
It is so skillfully written.
I loved the authors style of writing, its dramatic and gripping and I found it a book ...more
Someone is murdering the weak - targeting the vulnerable and throwing their bodies into the Thames. It's only physician Nicholas Shelby who notices a strange mark on the bodies and realises a connection.
A terrible personal loss leaves him devastated and almost destitu ...more
The plot is based on idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby who lost his wife and child in childbirth and lost h ...more
However, the writing was very literary and the characters did capture my heart. The feel of the book was very bleak, which to me is a sign of strong writing, as you really felt a part of those historical, hard times. The detail was amazing and the book was clearly well-researched. It just needed a little work on plot.
It's a shame this didn't work for me, as the Tudor times are on ...more
Nicholas Shelby is a doctor who becomes embroiled in an investigation of several murders. The bodies have been severely mutilated and have an inverted cross cut into them.
Shelby writes to John Lumley, asking to discuss medical procedures with him. However, what Shelby really wants is to ask Lumley if he knows anything about the bodies.
Robert Cecil coerces Dr Shelby into going to Nonsuch to get evidence of Roman Catholicism, against John Lumley and his household. During his ...more
Absolutely gripping! An extraordinary new take on the historical novel. There is so much to learn from this book, and paths to follow to build on the author's careful research. Modern medicine would do well if the skills and knowledge of the herbalists was better appreciated. I will be 'googling' happily and adding new plants to my garden - literally and metaphorically. Thank you, Mr Perry!
I absolutely LOVED this book - it was everything that I look for in a historical fiction story!! It has fantastic characters, the scene setting was fabulous and I loved how the author transported me back to London in the 1590s.
I really enjoyed the plot and I thought that the writing style for the book was spot on. It flowed so well and I didn't put the book down, reading it all in an evening - I was completely addicted to it and it made me remember why I l ...more
Enjoyable plot and very descriptive portrayal of life in London. .A beautifully written novel that spared nothing with its attention to detail, all of which added to my enjoyment.