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The Angel's Mark

Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Series: The Jackdaw Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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Summary

A gripping tale of espionage and murder in Elizabethan London.  

London, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country's fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain.  

When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London.  

Determined to find out who is behind these terrible murders, Nicholas is joined in his investigations by Bianca, a mysterious tavern keeper. As more bodies are discovered, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot. With the killer still at large, and Bianca in terrible danger, Nicholas's choice seems impossible - to save Bianca, or save himself.... 

©2018 S. W. Perry (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Excellent book

Really enjoyed this thriller. Story and historical information throughout the book was informative and fascinating

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Extremely well written and narrated.

very in depth and intricate storyline which drew out all of the characters very well. I particularly like the way the character of Robert Cecil was portrayed. Will definitely be looking for more books from this author

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Don't tell me what they're thinking

This was a very good book. My only problem was that the third person narrative went beyond a description of the situation and tried to enter the minds of both the main and the minor protagonists. I knew what Bianca was thinking, I knew how they were all feeling. I did not need the interruptions to my own imagination.

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Enjoyable & Well Read

I'd recommend this audio book for all Shardlake fans. Easy listening - although a bit confusing as chapters flit from one scenario to another within themselves - and story itself is thoroughly creditable. Would have been 5 stars but for confusing scenarios.

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pleasantly surprised

surprisingly good.
first time I have heard of this author. it won't be the last

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After a while

For the first hour or so i found that narrator really, really annoying, and i almost quit the book completely as a result. I cannot put my finger on why, so am probably being unfair - I had just finished a series of 7 books on which the narrator was exceptional, so perhaps this man suffered by comparison.

The Story itself however is excellent, and i really found myself supporting the two principal characters and rooting for them. It was an interesting plot, to have placed the central character as a "doctor", meaning we were open to learning not only the historical facts, but also the medical thoughts and procedures of the day. It stood to set the book apart from the many, excellent, murder / crime mysteries set in the Tudor period.

Overall a great book - will 100% download the next S.W Perry novel that becomes available.

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Slow

Well read, but the story moved way too slowly for me. I returned it for an exchange.

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loved it....

I always curl up on the sofa in the afternoon for a good old listen. I couldnt do housework while listening as I have to digest and be in the book.

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A marvellous audiobook!

This is historical fiction at it's best for me: a very interesting, but not to complex, story - I usually multitask while listening and tend to get distracted from time to time.
No simply 'baddies vs goodies' here, but all well developed, believable and likable characters instead. Each with their flaws and good traits; hell, I even liked the 'villains' because I could more or less understand them...
Throw in a bit of romance, but not too much (this book didn't need the spicing up a bland story often seems to require)
Finished off by a remarkably fine narration, this audiobook was the best I've listened to in a long time. Even if #2 is only half as good as #1 (unlikely IMO) I'll still take a chance on #3 and eagerly await any sequel.

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Wonderfully written, perfectly performed

Kris Dyer consistently reads books with an amazing array of character voices and the ability to transport the listener to each story, he is one of the best narrators of books today.

S.W. Perry’s writing is sublime. The descriptions leave the listener or reader in no doubt as to where they are. The story is exciting, interesting and engrossing. Wonderfully written then perfectly performed by Kris Dyer.

My only criticism (and this is because I love animals) is when he writes things about animals and the cruelty that happened in those times. I know it is historically accurate but I find it distasteful and have to read over it or skip the section in Audible, I like detail but not that kind.

Having said that I am keen to read more of his stories and will always seek out books read by Mr Dyer.

If you like deliciously detailed historical fiction that engages you for hour upon hour I would highly recommend The Angel’s Mark.