The Heretic's Mark

by S. W. Perry

Part of the The Jackdaw Mysteries Series

Historical fiction Books of the Month Crime and Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading Expert Review of The Heretic's Mark

An action-packed, thrilling, and fabulously readable historical tale set in 1594.

Action-packed and wonderfully sinister, this is a fabulous addition to the Jackdaw Mysteries Series. Nicholas and Bianca flee to Europe after an accusation of treason, en route they are joined by a strange young woman who claims to predict the future. This is a series I can highly recommend, do start at the beginning with The Angel’s Mark so you can witness the relationships as they grow. S. W. Perry conjures 1594 into being, the sights and sounds, the conspiracies and intrigue, all flourish on the page. Within this novel two main tales sit side by side, with Nicholas and Bianca on the road, and Ned and Rose looking after the rebuilding of the Jackdaw. The intimacy of the two tales is severed when trouble begins to hunt them down. Shivers of goosebumps travelled down my arms on meeting Hella, she is a character I won’t forget in a hurry. I found myself devouring the words as they flung themselves from the page and the ending roared towards me. The Heretic’s Mark really is the most thrilling, stimulating and fabulously readable tale.

Liz Robinson

The Heretic's Mark Synopsis

The Elizabethan world is in flux. Radical new ideas are challenging the old. But the quest for knowledge can lead down dangerous paths...

London, 1594. The Queen's physician has been executed for treason, and conspiracy theories flood the streets. When Nicholas Shelby, unorthodox physician and unwilling associate of spymaster Robert Cecil, is accused of being part of the plot, he and his new wife Bianca must flee for their lives.

With agents of the Crown on their tail, they make for Padua, following the ancient pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena. But the pursuing English aren't the only threat Nicholas and Bianca face. Hella, a strange and fervently religious young woman, has joined them on their journey. When the trio finally reach relative safety, they become embroiled in a radical and dangerous scheme to shatter the old world's limits of knowledge. But Hella's dire predictions of an impending apocalypse, and the brutal murder of a friend of Bianca's forces them to wonder: who is this troublingly pious woman? And what does she want?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781786499035
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: S. W. Perry
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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S. W. Perry Press Reviews

The third in Perry's series is as dramatic and colourful as the previous two. - Sunday Times, praise for The Saracen's Mark

An absolute belter of a read and another fabulous addition to the Jackdaw Mysteries series... I just gobbled up the pages as the story fairly roars along battling spies and pirates on route... S. W. Perry ensures the sights, smells and sounds of London and Morocco entered my very being. I love this series. - Liz Robinson, LoveReading, Picks of the month, praise for The Saracen's Mark

The writing is of such a quality, the characters so engaging and the setting so persuasive that S.W. Perry's ingeniously plotted novels have become my favourite historical crime series. - S. G. MacLean on The Serpent's Mark

No-one is better than S. W. Perry at leading us through the squalid streets of London in the sixteenth century. - Andrew Swanston on The Serpent's Mark

The Serpent's Mark is an excellent evocation of Elizabethan England, with espionage, intricate conspiracies, strange medical practises and a gripping story. A rattling good read. - William Ryan on The Serpent's Mark

A gorgeous book - rich, intelligent and dark in equal measure. It immerses you in the late 16th century and leaves you wrung out with terror. This is historical fiction at its most sumptuous. - Rory Clements on The Angel's Mark

Wonderful! Beautiful writing, and Perry's Elizabethan London is so skilfully evoked, so real that one can almost smell it. - Giles Kristian on The Angel's Mark

A real page-turner. Hell, threat and madness abound in this desperate flight from the dangerous, dark streets of Elizabeth's Protestant London to the vivid heart of Galileo's menacing Catholic Italy. - Minette Walters

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781786499004
Publication date: 03/02/2022
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786499035
Publication date: 01/04/2021
Format: Hardback

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About S. W. Perry

S. W. Perry was a journalist and broadcaster before retraining as an airline pilot. He lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two spaniels.

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