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by S. J. Parris

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books of the Month Historical Fiction Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Execution

A smart, enthralling historical thriller with real attitude, this LoveReading Star Book is the sixth in the Bruno Giordano series. Bruno is tasked by Sir Francis Walsingham to go under cover after he arrives with information about a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. What a cracking series this is, each book can easily be read as a standalone, but oh, you really would be missing out if you didn’t read them in order, so do start with Heresy if you are a newcomer. S. J. Parris creates delicious intrigue and suspense as Bruno embeds himself in the plot. She takes fact, and welding it to fiction forges a seamless and fascinating tale. I would like to go on record as saying that I adore Bruno, I felt as though he was beside me as he told his story, and I found myself leaning in to hear more. Digging deep into the corners of history, Execution is a pacy, fabulously entertaining story that I can highly recommend.


Liz Robinson

Execution Synopsis

England, 1586.


Giordano Bruno, a heretic turned spy, arrives in England with shocking information for spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. A band of Catholic Englishmen are plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth and spring Mary, Queen of Scots, from prison to take the English throne in her place.


Bruno is surprised to find that Walsingham is aware of the plot and is allowing it to progress. He hopes that Mary will put her support in writing - and condemn herself to a traitor's death.


Bruno is tasked with going undercover to join the conspirators. Can he stop them before he is exposed? Either way a queen will die; Bruno must make sure it is the right one...

Execution Press Reviews

'A brilliantly realised fictionalisation of the Babington plot against Elizabeth 1...Nimbly braiding history with suspense, this is a classy mystery' Observer

'Execution has an atmospheric sense of place. The plot twists and turns' The Times

'Immaculate... the depth of period detail, the all-enveloping sense of time and place, and the sheer gory drama' Metro

'Sumptuous' New York Times

'Parris's attention to the details of Elizabethan life and her ability to create characters of depth are again on display in a gripping narrative' The Sunday Times

'Fast-paced and entertaining, it's a well-researched and authentically claustrophobic romp through the Elizabethan underworld' Mail on Sunday

'Parris is one of the stars of historical crime fiction and this, her sixth Giordano Bruno novel, is among her best' i

'Superbly plotted, shimmeringly written, it will have you on the edge of your seat' Kate Williams, author of The Storms of War

'An impressive feat. The plot, one of exhilarating complexity, was handled with aplomb' 'Marisa Haetzman, also writes as Ambrose Parry

Praise for S. J. Parris:

'A delicious blend of history and thriller' The Times

'A tight plot combines with subtly-realised characters and an omnipresent sense of danger ... My pleasure in the vividly textured backdrop and a cracking story was accompanied by an uneasy shudder' Daily Mail

'Colourful characters, fast-moving plots and a world where one false step in religion or politics can mean a grisly death' Sunday Times

'S. J. Parris is one of my favourite authors - and unquestionably our greatest living writer of historical thrillers' A.J. Finn

'Vivid, sprawling ... Well-crafted, exuberant' Financial Times

'Successful historical thrillers need three elements: a killer plot that weaves seamlessly into the history; an engaging protagonist; and an atmospheric sense of place. Parris nails all three' The Times

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ISBN: 9780007481323
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007481323
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: S. J. Parris
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, Historical Fiction, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Historical fiction,

About S. J. Parris

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.

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