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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471243109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471243103
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,333,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.J.Parris is the bestselling author of Prophecy and Heresy. Her historical thrillers follow the renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno, as he uncovers dark mysteries and plots in Elizabethan England.

'S. J. Parris has created a character in Giordano Bruno that will endure. A true rival to C. J. Sansom'
Sam Bourne (bestselling author of The Righteous Men)


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Fear haunts the streets of London after the assassination of a protestant Prince, and the recurrence of the plague. Giordano Bruno suspects someone is following him, but on confronting his stalker, he realizes it is the woman he once loved - she is on the run, accused of murder. Bruno travels to Canterbury to help clear her name, instructed by Sir Francis Walsingham to also search for the assassin in the shadow of England's holiest shrine...

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Stevens VINE VOICE on 24 Aug 2012
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This is the third outing for Giordano Bruno, the monk on the run turned astronomer turned Walsingham's employee, following Heresyand Prophecy. The story commences shortly after the second installment with the return of Bruno's love interest from Prophecy, Sophie, who is on the run from Canterbury, due to her husband having being murdered and her being the prime suspect. She seeks Bruno's help to prove her innocence.

So starts the story, which evolves with Walsingham wanting Bruno to also investigate other strange goings on in Canterbury.... two birds with one stone, so to speak.

As with the other two books in the series, the novel has likable characters, is well written and has great descriptions of Tudor England.

However (you knew it was coming from a three star review didn't you?), I started to lose interest approximately halfway through, with the story starting to run out of steam.... much of the descriptions and story started to seem repetitive.

Maybe I have now read too many of this genre, as they are all starting to feel "samey"...? I had similar issues with the recent Rory Clements offering, Traitor and the last Shardlake to be published to date, Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake 5).

Ok, but not brilliant (but will still read the next in the series, as want to know what happens to both Bruno and Sophie!).
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By Uncle Barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 April 2012
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This is Stephanie Merritt's third Giordano Bruno book - writing under the pseudonym of S. J. Parris and another excellent book it is too.

Parris/Merritt writes with pace and interest all the way through her books and she is a great addition to the late Tudor genre that has recently spawned the excellent C. J. Sansom and Rory Clements. We are therefore privaleged to be living in a time where such excellent authors are producing such well-researched offerings.

"Sacrilege" starts off a year after Prophecy ends with Bruno having finally finished his book on celestial matters and takes it to the publisher. He meets a girl for whom he has a soft-spot and decides to travel to Canterbury for two-fold reasons - in order to try to clear her name in the death of an important local citizen and to weedle out any Catholic plots that lurk within the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral.

He really has just one friend in Canterbury - and that is an old Cathedral cleric. the rest of the township all appear to be against him and his foreign ways. So his job is not easy at all.

I won't spoil it for you by saying what happens and whether he is successful in any of his missions suffice to say that the book he has pursued in Parris's other volumes rears its head again.

A really good read which I thoroughly enoyed but the end just left me a tiny bit deflated (you will see why). Which is why I gave it four stars.
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I do enjoy these Medieval whodunit's and have read the other books. This one is good and kept me going but the lost book plot is beginning to wear a little thin... Every time Bruno get's it in his hands you know that five minutes later some unfortunate misshape will end in him loosing it again... I'm not sure I can spend another whole book watching him struggle through all sorts of misadventures to find it and then loose it again. I think perhaps the author has backed themselves into a corner as they can't actually work out what Bruno would do with the secret to eternal life if he did finally get the flipping thing!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pijo on 17 Aug 2014
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This is the first book I've read by Parris and after CJ Sansom it seemed shallow in comparison.

I love historical fiction because we usually get great characters, are transported to a realistic time and place in the past AND I generally learn something interesting about history in an entertaining manner.

I didn't learn anything particularly interesting about this historical setting and although Parris does paint her world effectively - it's more of a watercolour than a nice thick oil which I prefer in Historical Fiction.

It is very readable, though the plot/story is not overly taxing.

BUT where it fails, and this is where I was taken from the story again and again, was that the main protagonist the Monk Giordano seems more woman than man. At times it felt like the character was thinking the way a woman thinks a man might think - and it was too feminine - of course I could have bought this had I been convinced that Giordano was a feminine monk but I didn't think that was the case.

My other pet peeve - an abundance of adverbs!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar 2012
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This is the third outing for SJ Parris's Elizabethan crime-solving monk-turned-astronomer Giordano Bruno, and in my opinion this excellent series is getting better with each instalment.

At the beginning of Book 3 Bruno is reunited with a past love interest who is on the run, accused of murdering her husband. She persuades Bruno (actually he doesn't take much persuading, he is Italian after all) to go with her to Canterbury, the scene of the crime, to investigate the murder and hopefully prove her innocence. Bruno seeks permission from his employer, the Queen's Private Secretary/ Spymaster, Francis Walsingham, who fortuitously has his own reasons for wanting to send his top sleuth to Canterbury, where he suspects that a nest of Catholic sympathisers is plotting yet another dastardly scheme to overthrow Queen Bess.

So off our hero goes on another of his (mis)adventures, which he admits he falls into "as other men fall in and out of alehouses". As well as investigating the murder of his friend's husband (and several others which quickly follow once he arrives in the city) Bruno becomes involved in the search for the bones of Thomas a Becket which are thought to have been removed to a safe haven during the Dissolution, as well as having yet another close encounter with that elusive ancient manuscript by Hermes Trismegistus which Bruno and a lot of other influential people are keen to get their hands on.

SJ Parris has created an extremely likeable and believable fictional persona for Giordano Bruno (a real historical figure of course).
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