Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

debuts of the month books of the month join us on facebook
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Prince by Rory Clements
  

Prince

Part of the John Shakespeare Series
Historical Fiction   Action Adventure / Spy   Crime / Mystery   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

A compelling murder mystery set within the splendour and intrigue of the Elizabethan age.

The John Shakespeare series:

1. Martyr

2. Revenger

3. Prince

4. Traitor

5. The Heretics

6. The Queen's Man

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

Synopsis

Prince by Rory Clements

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.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE JOHN SHAKESPEARE SERIES:

'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forweard to the next'
Sunday Express

'Beautifully done ... alive and tremendously engrossing'
Daily Telegraph

'A colourful history lesson ... exciting narrative twists'
Sunday Telegraph

'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish'
Guardian

'An engrossing thriller'
Washington Post

'An excellent debut'
Publishers Weekly

'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'
Daily Mail

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 '
Bookbag

'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'
Eurocrime

'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'
Crime Time

'There is a veritable cornucopia of elements to praise here ... John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths'
Barry Forshaw

'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

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

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

16th February 2012

Author

Rory Clements

More books by Rory Clements
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.roryclements.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites

Historical mysteries

ISBN

9781848544284

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools