S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth's palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.
It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align - an astrological phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth.
When several of the queen's maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court.
Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger?
In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S. J. Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller.
©2011 S.J. Parris (P)2011 Random House Audio
"Parris looks to be an up-and-comer in the historical fiction/mystery arena; buy accordingly." (Library Journal)
I love books centered around medieval royals especially from the Angevin to the Tudor periods. Surfing for more books after devouring all one credit books by Philllipa Gregory and several by Elizabeth Chadwick, and looking for books read by John Lee, I discovered S.J Parris. You don't have to, but, I recommend you listen to Heresy first so you can get a good introduction to Giiordono Bruno, an excommunicated monk and esoteric philosopher turned private investigator who mingles with the royal court while working for the French ambassador.
This is a great thriller/mystery story that narrator John Lee (my favorite) turns into a delightful listen and keeps you coming back for more, books that is and multiple listens as well.
If you like this series, Heresy, Prophecy, and Sacriledge check out C.J. Sanson's Matthew Shardrake mysteries set in the same era. I'm sure you will enjoy them as much as you will all of Parris's books. I have listened to some of these books twice.
I just wish S.J. Parris would publish many, many more stories centered around Bruno. I would buy them all. I love the strong character development and intermingling historical info.
Give Prophecy a listen, you won't be disappointed, especially if you like John Lee.
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