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Summary

Three gripping tales from number one best seller S. J. Parris. 

The Secret Dead

During the summer of 1566, a girl’s body is found within the walls of a Neapolitan monastery. Novice monk Giordano Bruno has a habit of asking difficult questions, but this time his investigations may lose him his place in the Dominican Order - or deliver him into the hands of the Inquisition.

The Academy of Secrets

An invitation arrives from a secret society of enlightened philosophers led by the eccentric Don Giambattista della Porta. Bruno is captivated - even more so when he meets della Porta’s beautiful niece. But keeping these new heretical secrets soon becomes a matter of life or death.... 

The Dead of Winter

When Giordano Bruno is told the pope wants to see him, he fears he may be walking into a trap. The pope is intrigued by Bruno’s talent for complex memory games, but Rome is a den of intrigue, trickery and blood, and Bruno will be lucky to escape the Eternal City alive.

©2020 S. J. Parris (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Fans of Parris’s superior mysteries featuring cleric-turned-sleuth Giordano Bruno, seen most recently in Conspiracy, will be delighted by this stellar collection of three novellas from his early years. This is an accessible entry point for newcomers." (Publishers Weekly - starred)

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Evocative and a good story

16th Century Naples is really brought to life. Narration was a good pace. Loved it.

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3 great stories

Enjoyed all three stories about Bruno Guardino and how he gets himself in scrapes and out again. Very interesting insight into the inquisition in Italy in 1500 and how it affected even the clergy. No one was safe.