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Someone’s killing London’s wittiest pamphleteers. 

It’s 1589, and England is embroiled in a furious pamphlet war between an impudent Puritan calling himself Martin Marprelate and publishing’s brightest wits. The archbishop wants Martin to hang. The Privy Council wants the tumult to end. But nobody knows who Martin is or where he’s hiding his illegal press. 

Then two writers are strangled, mistaken for Thomas Nashe, the pamphleteer who is hot on Martin’s trail. Francis Bacon is tasked with stopping the murders - and catching Martin, while he’s about it. But the more he learns, the more he fears Martin may be someone dangerously close to home. 

Can Bacon and his band of intelligencers stop the strangler before another writer dies, without stepping on Martin’s possibly very important toes?

Honorable Mention for mysteries, Library Journal’s 2017 Indie Book Awards

Buy the fourth adventure in the award-winning Francis Bacon historical mystery series today!

©2017 Anna Castle (P)2020 Anna Castle

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Number four is gold

This is the fourth Francis Bacon mystery I have listened to in the last 6-8 weeks. I very much enjoy the series and I be patient for book 5&6 to be issued on Audible.

Like the other books in the series, the mystery is strong and keeps you guessing. The characters are well formed and I found it easy to invest their individual arcs.

As always, Trumpet is my favorite. Funny. Spunky. Full of fun. I always cheer when she appears in the books.

Highly recommended for people who like mysteries with a little wit and good historical background.

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  • 01-23-21

Great performance

Great performance and fantastic story but what happened to Chapter 16? On a go slow