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The Queen's Man

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March 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.

It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal servant Boltfoot on a mission to his home town, Stratford-on-Avon, to investigate a conspiracy to free Mary Queen of Scots. The conflict between crown and Catholics has seeped into the Shakespeare family, or almost for Anne Hathaway, engaged to William has signed a document claiming loyalty to the Church in Rome! Much now ensues: murder, duplicity, missing documents, plots of treason and skulduggery all bounce off the pages at a hell of a lick. This is great stuff, a terrific addition to an excellent series which, if you haven’t discovered it, then you have a treat in store.

If you like Rory Clements you might also like to read books by Philip Kerr, Alan Furst and David Downing.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The man in question is, once again, William Shakespeare’s brother, John, who is recruited by that most archetypal of all spy masters, Sir Francis Walsingham. His first mission will take him into the heart of a nest of conspirators who threaten the rule of good Queen Bess and wish to see the Scottish Queen Mary on the throne of England instead. Shakespeare is young and green, but he is a quick learner, and in this deftly plotted first novel in this series we see him maturing into a steady pair of hands in defence of the realm. Gripping stuff.
~ Julia Hamilton

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  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'His story brings this Elizabethan world to life...I just had to keep on reading until he got the answers he needed to solve the mystery, find the traitors and still protect his own family.'  Read full review >
  • Riki Gabrielle Bill - 'An adventure that doesn't disappoint for a first time reader of this author. The author takes the reader on a mysterious adventure through Elizabethan England thwarting enemies at every turn.'  Read full review >
  • Liz Robinson - 'I found it hard to put down and as a consequence possibly read it too quickly, I will be revisiting it very soon!'  Read full review >
  • Angela Rhodes - 'With a little romance thrown in, this is a novel which had me turning the pages with baited breath.'  Read full review >

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Synopsis

The Queen's Man by Rory Clements

Set in 1582 (five years before Martyr), Shakespeare is sent on his first major mission, first to Sheffield where Mary Queen of Scots is held captive - and then to his own home, Stratford-upon-Avon, a nest of treachery and intrigue and family crisis.

The John Shakespeare series:

1. Martyr

2. Revenger

3. Prince

4. Traitor

5. The Heretics

6. The Queen's Man

About the Author

Rory Clements

Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. The seventh John Shakespeare novel, Holy Spy, is due to be published in February 2015. Rory Clements won the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development.

Author photo © Madeleine Clements

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Publication date

27th February 2014

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Hardback

Categories

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ISBN

9781848548442

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