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A compelling murder mystery set within the splendour and intrigue of the Elizabethan age.
The John Shakespeare series:
5. The Heretics
Spring 1593. England is a powder keg of rumour and fear. Plague rages, famine is rife, the ageing Queen's couriers scheme: Elizabeth's Golden Age is truly tarnished. Meanwhile Spain watches and waits - and plots. Into this turmoil a small cart clatters through the streets of London, carrying a deadly load. It is the first in a wave of horrific bombing attacks on the Dutch immigrant community that will change John Shakespeare's life for ever. Driven on by cold rage, Shakespeare's investigations will take him from magnificent royal horseraces to the opulent chambers of Black Luce's brothel, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe, and from the elegant offices of master tactician Robert Cecil to the splintering timbers of an explosive encounter at sea. As Shakespeare delves ever deeper, he uncovers intricate layers of mystery and deception that threaten the heart not only of the realm, but of all that he holds dear.
PRAISE FOR THE JOHN SHAKESPEARE SERIES:
'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forweard to the next'
'Beautifully done ... alive and tremendously engrossing'
'A colourful history lesson ... exciting narrative twists'
'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish'
'An engrossing thriller'
'An excellent debut'
'This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine ... atmospheric - the evocation of the filth and debauchery of London is quite exceptional. Clements demonstrates the compelling eye for detail and character that Bernard Cornwell so memorably brought to Rifleman Sharpe ... I could not tear myself away, it is that good'
PRAISE FOR PRINCE
'A genuine page turner, and cleverly weaves in real historical events and personalities. Fans will not be disappointed'
Eastern Daily Press
'Intriguing ... wonderfully graphic and descriptive. Clements richly deserves the accolade: faster moving than C J Sansom '
'Clements' thrilling murder mysteries are a real cut above... steeped in authentic 16th-century politics, the plots are complex and clever, and the characters believable and engrossing. But his greatest gift is the ability to bring to life the squalor, intrigue and perils of Tudor London and amidst it all create a superbly tense and entertaining mystery. Roll on Mr Shakespeare's Act IV
Lancashire Evening Post
'This very well-plotted, erudite, historical mystery has many twists and turns which make for a very vivid and fast story line. A very absorbing read with a real quality, similar in style but perhaps faster moving, than books by James Forrester or C J Sansom ... I was completely transfixed whilst reading it and did not want it to end. I consider it one of the best books I've read this year. I will certainly look out for more stories by this very talented writer'
'Blending fact with fiction Clements tells a rip-roaring yarn with vigour and energy and a huge enthusiasm for the period ... Prince is a novel lacking neither action nor spice. An undeniably enjoyable and lively plot that gathers pace and excitement throughout ... A devilishly good read'
'There is a veritable cornucopia of elements to praise here ... John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths'
'Prince is action packed, and its pages are filled with intricate layers of deception. The late Elizabethan world is brilliantly portrayed with exciting narrative twists... Historical detail is expertly integrated into sophisticated plot strands to create a seamless whole ... This novel is extremely intelligent and exceptionally well written. I could not put it down until I reached its final startling denouements'
Historical Novels Review
'A cracker ... gripping'
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Publication date: 16/02/2012
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
|Publication date:||16th February 2012|
|Publisher:||John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
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. ...More About Rory Clements