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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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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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Excellent book

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

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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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Usual mediocre, predictable tat.

Thin plot, padded out by endless dronings about how hard life was for the poor, the young, women, etc. Patronising lectures about the medical practices of the time, blah, blah, blah. Obligatory mention of bear mistreatment, some more waffle, etc.
Insipid reading, riddled with pronunciation errors.

Load of drivel, move along.

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This book is marvellous!

This is a beautifully written book that will take you on a vivid journey back in time and will immerse you in story that you will delight in from start to finish.
Elizabethan England is brought to life in a thrilling tale that has a surprise around every corner.
It’s so far removed the Tudor novel genre we have become saturated with of late. It’s a breath of fresh air to history lovers as well as a gripping thriller.
This author is definitely one to watch.
I’m looking forward to Mr Perry’s next book and I’ve read hundreds upon hundreds of historical books for a living. This ranks very highly up there.

You should read this book immediately.
J Kensington Wells

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The Angels Mark

Eyesight in the reasons for murder but, a nice interesting story with no sex (thankfully) Era vividly described creating a friendship and warmth towards the reader.

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