I was hoping this book was going to be about "Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge." It was not. Just a long, dreary, slog through the Catholic Church's many failings and the English powers that be finding, torturing and killing the Church's followers. Just completely dreary. The main character was uninteresting. The dialogue pedantic. The story dragged on and on. I've read a number of novels set in Elizabeth's England, and I've liked them all. I kept listening, hoping things would pick up in this book. They never did.
I won't be listening to more of this series, even if the story is passable, because the narrator was so irritating that I almost stopped several times. I was very surprised to find out that John Lee is an award winning voice actor because I found his reading off putting. His staccato delivery made him sound like Mr. Sulu doing a bad impression of himself. I kept seeing the Enterprise instead of Oxford in my head. And his Italianate voice for Bruno was just plain annoying, when his wasn't drifting in and out of it. I was surprised to read that Lee is English. I would have sworn he was an American doing both a bad British and Italian accent. The story was okay. I might have rated if higher if I had read it rather than listened to it. But I never really warmed to Bruno and I didn't accept the killers motivation for such grisly crimes.
The dangerous atmosphere of the time is very well presented. I thought the mystery and the character development were not the best, though.
Parris' story is a little predictable but a good listen. John Lee narration is well done.