The exciting new historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and secret agent, for all fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose
Summer, 1584: fear grips the streets of London as rumours of a plague ship docked on the Thames sweep through the city. The Protestant Prince William of Orange has just been assassinated by a fanatical Catholic and there are whispers Queen Elizabeth will be next.
Meanwhile in Canterbury, a prominent magistrate with links to the shady Cathedral Foundation has been murdered. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster to the Queen, has long suspected an undercurrent of Catholic resistance in the city that was once England’s greatest centre of pilgrimage. He calls Giordano Bruno, his maverick secret agent, away from his post at the French Embassy to investigate.
But when Bruno arrives in Canterbury, he has no idea of the dark secrets he’s about to uncover. What is the macabre treasure in the cathedral crypt its guardians will go to any length to protect? Bruno must pit himself against a powerful conspiracy, while also wrestling with a newly awakened conflict in his own heart…
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Parris creates some genuine chills in scenes set in spooky crypts, and masterfully mixes political intrigue, action and sleuthing
Publishers Weekly Full Review
SJ Parris' stories of Giordano Bruno, a freethinking Italian philosopher employed as an agent by the Elizabethan spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, are enjoyably ingenious. Nick Rennison
The Sunday Times Full Review
The third instalment in the Giordano Bruno series, Walsingham's maverick secret agent. They are certainly worthy of comparison with C J Sansom. Highly recommended.