1536: In the corrupt heart of Tudor London a killer waits in the shadows....
The real crime...
Before dawn on a misty November morning in 1536, prominent mercer Robert Packington was gunned down as he crossed Cheapside on his way to early morning mass.
It was the first assassination by handgun in the history of the capital and subsequently shook the city to its core.The identity of his assassin has remained a mystery.
Thomas Treviot is a young London goldsmith and a close family friend of Robert Packington. Through his own upstanding social connections - and some less upstanding acquaintances he has made along the way - Thomas launches a dramatic investigation into Packington's death. As Thomas searches for revenge, he must travel from the golden heart of merchant London, to the straw-covered backstreets of London's poorest districts before reaching the country's seat of power: the court of King Henry VIII. Before long he is drawn into a dark conspiracy beyond his wildest imaginings and claiming justice for his friend starts to look impossible. Especially when Thomas realises that Robert wasn't the man he thought he knew...
In the first of a new series investigating real unsolved Tudor crimes, D.K. Wilson brings the streets of Tudor London to spectacular life as Thomas Treviot faces a fight to bring the truth to light in the corrupt world of Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell, and Henry VIII.
©2013 Derek Wilson (P)2013 Isis Publishing Limited
I enjoyed the book from a historical fiction point of view because it looked at religious events under Henry VIII from a new angle, the common man rather than palace. The information about the Tindale bible was fascination. The story concerns an actual unsolved crime from 1536. Unfortunately, the main character is flat and a bit thick. He sees violence all around him yet is confused when his actions set off reactions. He seems so naive at times. The book is missing the drama and intensity of the Matthew Shardlake books by C.J. Sansom.
The narrator does an excellent job. I would listen to other books narrated by David Thorpe.
"Great storyline, loads of history too"
A fascinating look at Cromwell's power and the development of independence from the Catholic church, woven into a credible story. There were a few too many twists and turns and I was a little disappointed with the ending but you might well not be! Definitely worth listening to.
"If you like C J Sansom you'll like this"
Really gripping story that keeps you guessing until the end. There are lots of references to real people and places that make the story more credible. I would recommend this audio book.
Enjoyed the book
The main character - who else
Made me laugh at points
Overall a good book but took a bit to get into it. Have downloaded the next one in the series
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