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Holy Spy The New John Shakespeare by Rory Clements
  

Holy Spy The New John Shakespeare

Part of the John Shakespeare Series
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A galloping good yarn, stuffed full to the brim with double-crossing intrigue, yet intelligently braced against historical fact and figures. The mostly cool, calm and collected spy John Shakespeare is surrounded by a writhing vibrant cast of often unscrupulous or just plain villainous miscreants. The most vivid character of them all is the turbulence that is London in 1586, artfully written so that the reek, the uproar, the menace feels completely authentic. The threads of two investigations weave together, one based on historical fact, the other fictional and characters slip from one story to the next with ease. Clements has developed a wonderfully entertaining series, and ‘Holy Spy’ keeps with tradition as a compelling and immensely satisfying read. ~ Liz Robinson

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

Reader Reviews

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  • Barry Griffiths - 'as fascinating as ever, rivalling modern spy thrillers in its complexity and interest and drawing upon accurate historical detail which renders it genuine and sympathetic.'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A really good historical novel set during the turbulent reign of Elizabeth I.'
  • Susan Walsh - 'Colourfully written, let your imagination take in the costume, smells and sights as they bring a delightful tale to life.'
  • Carol Tuckett - 'Very enjoyable read.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'Some good and bad news reading this book.  The good is that I loved it, the bad is that I now have to get the rest of the series!!!'
  • Anne Rhodes - 'Living, breathing people unfold history as they become real right before your eyes. An un-put-downable book!'
  • Alan Gee - '1580s London is brilliantly recreated in this exciting and gripping thriller, which I thoroughly enjoyed.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'Rory is an incredible writer, you feel you are there just a half step behind John Shakespeare, as he tackles the murder and mayhem of the turbulent times he lives in.'
  • Clair Chaytors - 'Rory’s descriptive writing is very powerful and you almost find yourself in those murky sixteenth century London streets and taverns where corruption it seems knows no bounds!'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A well written book that gathers you in and with such great historical characters (both real and fictional) it is very hard to put down.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'This will definitely appeal to anyone who likes historical novels.  Despite my stack of books waiting to be read, I am feeling very tempted to read more of this series.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Rory Clements is producing an excellent series of books in what is becoming a rather crowded genre.  However alongside SJ Parris and CJ Sansom, Clements cream rises to the top.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A very exciting, fast-paced thriller set in Elizabethan times about a plot to assassinate the Queen.  Bloodthirsty at times but totally absorbing.'
  • Maggie Patterson - 'Exciting with a large cast of interesting and unique characters...The reader comes away with a very clear image of all the settings and characters, which helps in a book with so many important characters.'
  • Lee Ruddin - 'The vivid descriptions evoked from Clements’ command of the keyboard are second to none, to be sure, but the lengthy roll call of characters leaves readers second-guessing as to exactly who is who...'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'This had me reading until late into the night, great story.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'All in all, I think I would read an earlier book in the series, but I would hope that it was a little less involved than this one.'
  • Emilie - 'To read one of these novels is to walk the stinking streets of London alongside Shakespeare as he goes about his 'spy' business for Walsingham...I recommend this book to anyone.'
  • Lynn Curtis - 'another highly enjoyable addition to Rory Clements’ series. He is particularly good at conveying Elizabethan London in all its bustle, squalor and menace. Recommended.'

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Synopsis

Holy Spy The New John Shakespeare by Rory Clements

Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, 'does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times In London's smoky taverns, a conspiracy is brewing: a group of wealthy young Catholic dissidents plot to assassinate Elizabeth, free Mary Queen of Scots - and open England to Spanish invasion. But the conspirators have been infiltrated by Sir Francis Walsingham's top intelligencer, John Shakespeare. Shakespeare, however, is torn: the woman he loves stands accused of murder. In a desperate race against time he must save her from the noose and the realm from treachery. And then it dawns that both investigations are inextricably linked - by corruption very close to the seat of power ...

Reviews

'An exuberant plot and dialogue that hums with Elizabethan slang, profanity and wit ...Clements delivers a bawdy, engaging romp of book.' The Times

'Sixteenth-century London comes alive in all its tawdriness.' Daily Mail

'A world spiced with delicious characters ... The novel wears its historical learning lightly, and Clements seasons it with romance and humour.' Mail on Sunday

'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish.' Guardian

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

24th September 2015

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Action Adventure / Spy
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781848548534

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