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Summary

CWA nominated Elizabethan crime series.

London, 1593. Five years on from the Armada and England is taking its first faltering steps towards a future as a global power. Nicholas Shelby – reluctant spy and maverick physician – and his companion Bianca Merton are settling into a life on Bankside. But in London there is always a plot afoot.... 

Robert Cecil, the Queen’s spymaster, once again recruits Nicholas to embark on a dangerous undercover mission that will take him to the back alleys of Marrakech in search of a missing informer. However, while Nicholas hunts for the truth across the seas, plague returns once more to London, ravaging the streets and threatening those dearest to him. Can Bianca and Nicholas’s budding relationship weather the threats of pestilence and conspiracy? And will Nicholas survive the dangers of his mission in a hostile city to return safely home?

©2020 S.W. Perry (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"S.W. Perry's ingeniously plotted novels have become my favourite historical crime series." (S.G. MacLean)

"No-one is better than S. W. Perry at leading us through the squalid streets of London in the sixteenth century." (Andrew Swanston)

"A gorgeous book - rich, intelligent and dark in equal measure. It immerses you in the late 16th century and leaves you wrung out with terror. This is historical fiction at its most sumptuous." (Rory Clements)

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another brilliant book

I did not want this book to end. I felt like I had been transported back in time and was living through the highs, lows and adventures of Nicholas and Bianca. I can't wait for the next book. it cannot possibly end here!! Gripping, sad, funny and educational all rolled into one. brilliant narration.

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An Excellent Performance of a Thoroughly Entertaining Book

Not only is this novel a well written and immersive journey through Elizabethan London and North Africa, the performance by narrator Kris Dyer is fantastic. Highly recommended.

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Fabulous

I really hope S W Perry is writing another book in this series ... The Jackdaw Mysteries have been very well written and are rich with characters, adventures and plots. If you pick this book up, I urge you to read the two before this one to get the best reading experience possible ... otherwise you will miss so many important bits ...

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Outstanding

Great book following on the theme of Nicholas and Bianca in Elizabethan London and beyond - set against an exciting historic backdrop with masses of real characters - well done SW Perry. The narrator Kris Dyer captures the accents and inflections perfectly delivering the story in an excellent manner - thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

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Great series

I’m really enjoying this series and it’s easy to follow as, unlike other novels set around this period, hardly anyone is called Thomas! 😄

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Engaging mix of history and imagination

I've enjoyed all three of the Jackdaw Mysteries and hope there will be more. This third part takes Doctor Nicholas Shelby on a an unwelcome journey to Morocco in the service of the Queen's manipulative spy-master Robert Cecil. The narrative is suffused with the atmosphere of Elizabethan London and exotic North Africa. We learn something of the medical achievements of Arab medicine and about Morocco when ruled by the Moors as a backdrop to a pacy thriller. Meanwhile back in London Shelby's friend Bianca Merton has not only to contend with a wave of the plague threatenening life in the capital but also with some dastardly plotting against her. The narrator does a splendid job of bringing the characters to life.

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Good historical novel, I found the delivery a little mannered. I also found parts predictable. Still worth listening to.

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Some great medicine

There was an awful lot of repetition which spoils it a little for me.mi I did enjoy the herbs and medicine having taught some of it in the past