From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes The Queen's Man, the sixth in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series.
England is a Judas nest of conspiracyIt is 1582, and the conflict between Protestant and Catholic threatens to tear the country in two. While Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of power, there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. On his first major mission for Sir Francis Walsingham, the young John Shakespeare is ordered to discover a conspiracy to free the Stuart queen from Sheffield Castle.
All too soon, he realises that the tentacles of the plot reach deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own friends and family. His duty lies with Elizabeth - but how far will he go to protect those he loves?
©2014 Rory Clements (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
Found the characters overblown, the story confusing, and this writer has obviously never travelled from Stratford to Sheffield. If he had, he would realise you couldn't get there in one day on a horse. Come on! It'd take about two weeks, as Sheffield is situated in seriously rough country. Crossing Snake Pass is a hard road even in a car. Coming up the east coast would take ages. Research next time? Sheffield's a great place to visit!
I enjoyed this as I have enjoyed the previous Shakespeare audiobooks. Good, properly convoluted plot, danger, romance etc. This, however, was let down by bad editing/production and lost it a star from me. Most, if not all, chapters were cut short & ploughed straight into the next chapter losing important plot points, turns and cliffhangers that I've come to expect from this series. I hope future audiobooks in this series aren't marred like this.
Am an avid fan of audible, especially at night, usually fall asleep happily listening.... How sad am I!!
Enjoyed this book and am working my way through the series, have just downloaded book seven and can't wait to start it!
Not worried about how accurate the books are regarding period they are set in just find then thoroughly entertaining. Isn't that the whole point of a good book?
Retired and doing what I like now...
Some thing by wilber smith or Jeffrey archer.
No !! With the mention of Queen Mary ,thought the story might focus around her.. Nope it didn't..
To many Dull people to listen too, the book was more like a "seek and find " story. Not thrilling at all..
Very well set.
John Shakespeare. he reminds me of Shardlake in C.J.Samson's stories.
Extremely nice speaking voice. The narration was excellent.
Cry. You do feel for the various characters and the hardships they go through.
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