Martyr : John Shakespeare 1
by Rory Clements
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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For fans of CJ Sansom and SJ Parris, MARTYR is the first of John Shakespeare’s acclaimed and best-selling Rory Clements spy series TudorClements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award”, did Elizabeth reign this CJ Sansom made for Henry VIII “Sunday Times in England is close to warIn the days following the axis could fall on the neck of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Spain is already collecting a war fleet to get revenge on herTensions in Elizabeth I of the government are at the breaking pointTo the Eye of the Storm is John Shakespeare, head of the intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis WalsinghamWhen the interception reveals a plot to murder England’s sea dragon, Francis Drake, Shakespeare is ordered to protect himWith Drake on the land developing his ships, he’s terribly vulnerableIf he dies, England will be open to invasion.In a London in the grip of rumors, Shakespeare must decide what leads to follow them, to ignore themWhen a high-born young woman is found mutilated and murdered unlawfully from the printing house, it is the policy of gunpowder and he has no choice but to studyBut why is Shakespeare shadowed every turn by the brutal Richard Topcliffe, the blood-soaked priest hunter who claims intimacy with Queen Elizabeth herselfWhat is Topcliffe’s interest in a cleaning lady, whose baby was stolenAnd where the two fugitive Jesuit priests made in this puzzle, happy to die for God, the other to kill for HimFrom the splendor and intrigue of the royal court, to the elegance of Her Majesty’s warships and the swarming brothels of Southwark, Shakespeare soon learns that nothing is as it seems
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