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.
©2011 Rory Clements (P)2011 John Murray
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"Something just didn't seem to work with this story"
I found this book pretty disappointing. The narration seemed a little wooden but I am not sure this was the fault of the narrator, but more a sympton of a poorly written book with very flimsy characters. The storyline was good but I just think needed a touch of realism. It came across as rather childishly written.
"Do not like change of narrators"
Narrator change irritates me in series. Nothing wrong with performance but irritating. It spoils the continuity between books
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