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By Rory Clements -
This is the fourth in Clements’ John Shakespeare series. John is Will’s older brother and an ‘intelligencer’ in the Queen’s service. ...Read Review
By Gyles Brandreth -
Published 2011Published 2012
If the first four novels of Gyles Brandreth’s series of Victorian murder mysteries had never existed to whet our appetites for another ...Read Review
By Sanjida O’Connell -
Sugar Island is inspired by the life of Fanny Kemble – actress, author and anti-slavery activist – and is set in the American South on ...Read Review
By James Jackson -
The last decade of the 13th century sees the Crusader city of Acre awaiting the final onslaught from an overwhelming Saracen army. Benedict, ...Read Review
By Rory Clements -
This is the second novel by Clements featuring the Elizabethan ‘intelligencer’, John Shakespeare. His more famous younger brother pops up from time to ...Read Review
By Tom Egeland -
Relic is unashamedly indebted to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, which it lists in its bibliography, along with The Holy Blood and ...Read Review
By Michael Arnold -
When I was at school our history books gave the impression that the English Civil War was a rather gentlemanly affair between romantic ...Read Review
By Marina Fiorato -
According to legend, Sienese noblewoman Pia Tolomei is a descendant of Egypt’s Ptolemy line, her beauty inviting comparisons to Queen Cleopatra. As ...Read Review
It is the year 1593, and England is a powder-keg of rumour and fear. Plague threatens London, famine is rife and the aged queen (...Read Review
By Louis Bayard -
Discredited Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish is tasked by a ruthless antiquities collector to recover a missing letter which was stolen by Henry’s ...Read Review
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