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A 2016 World Book Night selection.

The fourth in the series featuring Giordano Bruno, mathematician, philosopher, heretic and spy, and solver of murders in Elizabethan England. In previous novels Bruno encountered John Dee, Nostradamus and Walsingham. He’s good friends with Philip Sidney (historically rumoured to be the Queen’s lover) and in this episode he is under the feet of Sir Francis Drake. Bruno’s deep and wonderful mind make these books more meaty than an historical romp and more vividly complex than the run of cosy crime. A spirit of adventure and true love of the period infuses the prose. Reading this alone won’t spoil your enjoyment of the mystery but to get the full flavour I recommend starting with Heresy the first in the series.

Sarah Broadhurst

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It is August 1585, and as relations between England and Spain become increasingly strained, Sir Francis Drake is preparing to mount a dangerous raid against the enemy. But when one of his sailors is found murdered, the Captain begins to fear for the safety of his expedition, and calls in Queen Elizabeth’s investigators, the unfulfilled poet and dandy, royal favourite Philip Sidney, and the enigmatic exile and spy, Giordano Bruno. As Sidney and Bruno track the killer through the dark backstreets of Plymouth, they begin to uncover a deadly plot against the realm, in this lively, intelligent and intriguing historical mystery.

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