Fear haunts the streets of London after the assassination of a protestant Prince, and the recurrence of the plague.
Giordano Bruno suspects someone is following him, but on confronting his stalker, he realizes it is the woman he once loved – she is on the run, accused of murder.
Bruno travels to Canterbury to help clear her name, instructed by Sir Francis Walsingham to also search for the assassin in the shadow of England’s holiest shrine…
©2012 Stephanie Merritt (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Impossible to resist…Parris creates a convincing sense of the past, woven with so much intrigue that the head fairly spins." (Daily Telegraph)
"Parris writes with confident ease of Tudor London.… The dialogue balances nicely on a tightrope of period phrases and cut-to-the-chase colloquialisms." (The Times)
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"Canterbury Elizabethan Morse"
This is the third book Parris' books with philosopher detective Giordano Bruno. There is a story arc in these books like in the Rebus and Bosch novels, where characters appear from other books along with some story strands. So whilst its not strictly necessary to read the books in order it does help improve the reader's enjoyment of they have read the previous books.
This book takes Bruno to Canterbury where he helps a friend discover who murdered her husband. Throw in Huguenot immigrants, small town plots, dead saints bones and a catholic threat to protestant England you've got a fast paced, well researched whodunit.!
Kennedys narration is as good as ever with lots of great voices to distinguish the large cat of characters. A very good listen. Treachery next!
"More than a great who done it"
I'm really enjoying this series of books and learning more about Bruno as the books go on. He's a great character. This book is a bit of a who done it but with great twists and turns that keep you guessing and discovering.
The narrator is good though his Queen Elizabeth could have been better :)
"A seriously flawed work"
I doubt it - it could be summed up as 'Catholics bad - Protestants good'. If only the world of Reformation Europe had been so simple. In this it resembles a B-movie Western in which the goodies are recognisable by their black hats.
None of them
Hard though it may be for the some people to accept, the reign of Elizabeth 1 was a period in which religious persecution was even more marked than that of the so called 'Bloody Mary' - however as is often the case never let the facts intrude on a good yarn.
"God's blood this is a good tudor romp"
This is getting better and better, we are now getting villains from previous books and a fleshed out main character, I'm loving the narration, very good fake Italian accent. Really glad I got into this series. You don't need to have listened to the previous books but it will add to your enjoyment, SJ Parris is giving CJ Samson a run for his money!
"Elizabethan intrigue and betrayal writ large"
A novel that holds you in its thrall once you get into the plot. The characters are all believable and the cruel and primitive nature of the first Elizabethan is graphically conveyed.
The narrator adopts an appropriate pseudo Italian accent throughout. This is a little off putting at the outset but truly enhances every aspect of the story in a very positive way once you get used to its inflections.
A well crafted story that is unpredictable and holds your interest till the end.
Happy to recommend this to other readers and I'll definitely being reading more SJ Parris in the future.
"Best one so far!"
This one really did have me guessing and was full of suspense.
Full of the usual unpleasant characters as well as the ones you care about. A good read.
"Truly brilliant story telling"
Any murder mystery set in 1700's
He has a really good voice to listen too and does all the voice acting
It made me laugh a few times - bust mostly it has just epic endings that make me feel like I want to read more
The wonderful language and tone of Kennedy
Bruno found by Howard
Atmosphere and tension are brought to life by Kennedy.
So pleased I can read all the series
"Great Historical drama"
I could not put the book down so to speak. Court intrigue but in Canterbury : great
The narrator is one of the best I have heard.
The book is topical too: prejudice bigotry and irrational treatment of immigrants.
Do we ever learn from history?
A wonderful well written book, full of twists and turns, had me on the edge of my seat. Laurence Kennedy gave an excellent performance, made the pages come to life. I can't wait to download my next book written by Parris and read by Kennedy. Great stuff
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