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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.
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, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a heretic fleeing the Inquisition, finds a new life working as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham. Along with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, Bruno travels to Plymouth on the Queen's behalf. There, they meet Sir Francis Drake, who is preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish, which could turn the tide of war. Unbeknownst to Bruno, however, Sidney plans to stowaway with Drake's fleet and return a hero - dragging Bruno with him to the New World. But when a murder occurs aboard Drake's own ship, fear and suspicion grip the fleet and threaten to abort the expedition before it begins. Navigating the jealousies and loyalties of the crew, Bruno learns that someone with a deadly grudge is shadowing his investigation. Tracking the killer through Plymouth's menacing backstreets, he uncovers some of the darkest secrets the city is harbouring. Failure will come at the highest cost - not just for Bruno, but all of England...
Closing date: 11/10/2018
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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.
Praise for Treachery:
'Hugely enjoyable... It's played straight, but never humourlessly so, and there's just enough proper history amid the intrigue to keep purists on side' Guardian
'With its twisting plot and vivid-scene setting, TREACHERY confirms Parris's growing reputation as a writer of historical thrillers.'
'An evil bookseller and a terrifying brothel lie ahead; what's not to like? Gripping and fun.'
'Parris's Giordano Bruno series has been a joy. Her Elizabethan England is loud, pungent and blessedly free of some of the genre's more egregious cliches. She wears her research lightly: at home with the detail of the period, she is quite happy to engage in a little creative anachronism to bring the story home'
'There are echoes of CJ Sansom's Shardlake series here. But Parris is better than the usual run of imitators. Her prose is taut and compelling. Her wielding of the historical material is always convincing but never overwhelming' The Times
Praise for S. J. Parris:
'Impossible to resist ... Parris creates a convincing sense of the past, woven with so much intrigue that the head fairly spins'
'It has everything - intrigue, mystery and excellent history'
'Parris writes with confident ease of Tudor London ... The dialogue balances nicely on a tightrope of period phrases and cut-to-the-chase colloquialisms. More, please'
'Full of surprises ... an imaginatively satisfying addition to the many real intrigues surrounding the imprisoned Mary Stuart and the threats to Elizabeth's security'
'Fascinating ... The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping'
'A brilliantly unusual glimpse at the intrigues surrounding Queen Elizabeth I'
Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The American Boy
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 27/02/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||14th August 2014|
|Author:||S. J. Parris|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
S.J. Parris is the pseudonym of author and journalist Stephanie Merritt. It was as a student in Cambridge researching a paper on the period that Stephanie first became fascinated by the rich history of Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Since then, her interest has grown and led her to create this series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno.Stephanie has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian, and lives in Surrey with her son.More About S. J. Parris