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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290621
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Trow successfully combines adventure, wit, and history (and, yes, a mystery) in this winning historical series featuring the real-life playwright in his undercover role as an intelligencer for Queen Elizabeth I. The dashing spy makes it all look so easy. This entry (number six after Crimson Rose) is particularly engaging and would be no problem for readers new to the series." Library Journal "Trow's ability to evoke the sights, sounds, and smells of Elizabethan England, combined with captivating characters and a compellingly twisted plot, makes for yet another winning entry in this delightfully entertaining series." Booklist

About the Author

M J Trow is a military historian by training and the author of the long-running Inspector Lestrade and 'Mad Max' Maxwell detective series, as well as several non-fiction books, including Who Killed Kit Marlowe? He lives on the Isle of Wight.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
There seems to be an abundance of Elizabethan mysteries around at the moment. However if all the books are as good as this one, I certainly will not be complaining. As there are such a large number of books set around this period I feel my knowledge of Elizabethan history has improved markedly, even though this and other books are fiction, there is still a great deal to be learned from a knowledgeable author, while enjoying a good story at the same time.

At the court of Elizabeth I the talk is of nothing else but invasion by the Spanish and English eyes look to the English Channel for any signs of a Spanish Armada approaching. Elizabeth is determined that no foreign invasion force will set foot on English soil and her spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham sends Christopher Marlowe, one of his intelligencers south to the Isle of Wight. The island is in a prime position for Marlowe to await signs of movement by the Spanish. Marlowe finds the islanders a complex lot, suspicious of strangers and with their own way of doing things, but more importantly as far as Marlowe is concerned, are they for or against Elizabeth. Are the Spanish the only enemy or will another threat come from closer to home?

I enjoyed the book very much and will try and catch up on some of the earlier ones in the series that I have missed. With Rory Clements John Shakespeare and M. J. Trow’s Christopher Marlowe, there should be many more exciting novels from this period of English history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 May 2014
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This is book number six in the Tudor mystery series featuring Christopher Marlowe. Here Kit is sent by Sir Francis Walsingham to discover what is happening on the Isle of Wight which is under the control of George Carey, the Captain-General of Wight, at Carisbrooke Castle. Smugglers and traitors to the English crown abound and the speculation is that the Spanish Armada will try to take Wight to establish their foothold on English soil. Kit is sent to check out the lay of the land in his role as a playwright planning an entertainment for the island. What he immediately stumbles into is a murder.

This is very well written historical fiction since the fictional portions flow seamlessly into the actual historical happenings. I liked this depiction of Christopher Marlowe with his sharp attention to detail which helps him when he's wearing his spy/intelligencer hat and because of his humor which helps him when he is dealing with the various characters who will help him solve the mysteries he uncovers. I must admit that I had no idea who to suspect for the murderer since that portion of the novel was so well integrated with the espionage aspects. I was definitely spoilt for choice when it came to guilty parties. This is the first novel I've read in this series and now I am definitely curious and plan to check out the books I've missed. Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a strong connection to factual happenings.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2014
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While the Spanish Armada is gathering together in preparation of invading England, one of Walsingham's spies goes missing on the Isle of Wight. So Christopher Marlowe, playwright and spy, is despatched to the island to investigate the disappearance and the rumour that there may be a traitor on the island. But not long after he arrives, a body is found - not the body of the missing spy, but of Matthew Compton, a lawyer who had been run off the island a few days earlier by the Governor Sir George Carey. Was this simply because Sir George hates lawyers, or did he know that Matthew had been having an affair with his wife, Lady Bet? Matt wasn't the only one to be granted access to Lady Bet's favours though, and as the bodies begin to mount up, Bet asks Kit to investigate...

Another in the Kit Marlowe series, this is a light-hearted historical crime story. Trow does a very good job of mixing fact with fiction and of creating a credible society for Marlowe to operate in. There's lots of humour in the book and although the body count is pretty high there's nothing gruesome about it - the violence all takes place off-stage. The characters all talk in modern English, including modern buzzwords and phrases from time to time. This takes a bit of getting used to, but it does work in the end - it's probably as realistic as any attempt to mix in Elizabethan language would be. The 'did Marlowe write Shakespeare' debate is a running gag throughout, with Marlowe frequently saying things that are recognisably quotes that will later appear in Shakespeare's work, while Master Shaxsper himself is still struggling to move from the role of mediocre actor to playwright.

The characterisation is good, with Marlowe himself being a likeable protagonist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2014
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“’Name?’ one of the guards asked him.
‘Christopher Marlowe.’
‘What’s your business?’ the other guard wanted to know.
‘That’s my business,’ Marlowe said.
‘Oh, a comedian,’ the first guard smirked.”

This is the sixth in the series by M J Trow of Elizabethan mysteries featuring Christopher Malowe (or Kit as he is often known in these stories), an historical figure most well known these days for his play-writing, but also for his apparent involvement in spying for and on behalf of Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster. These books (starting with the first, Dark Entry) are absolutely top-notch historical novels. If you haven’t read them all, I strongly urge you to do so – you will not be disappointed if you are looking for really excellent historical novels.

In this story set in 1588, England is bracing itself for the King of Spain’s Great Endeavour – the approach of the Spanish Armada. We of course know that England rose to that challenge; but at the time there was a very real fear of what the Spanish forces could achieve against England, and against a Queen who Catholic rulers declared had no right to rule England at all. That fear is reflected well in this story, where Kit is sent to the Isle of Wight ostensibly to look for an agent of Walsingham’s who has gone missing; but of course once Kit gets there (which is an adventure all in itself) there’s a lot more going on than he had expected.
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Secrets and spies... 21 July 2014
By FictionFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While the Spanish Armada is gathering together in preparation of invading England, one of Walsingham's spies goes missing on the Isle of Wight. So Christopher Marlowe, playwright and spy, is despatched to the island to investigate the disappearance and the rumour that there may be a traitor on the island. But not long after he arrives, a body is found - not the body of the missing spy, but of Matthew Compton, a lawyer who had been run off the island a few days earlier by the Governor Sir George Carey. Was this simply because Sir George hates lawyers, or did he know that Matthew had been having an affair with his wife, Lady Bet? Matt wasn't the only one to be granted access to Lady Bet's favours though, and as the bodies begin to mount up, Bet asks Kit to investigate...

Another in the Kit Marlowe series, this is a light-hearted historical crime story. Trow does a very good job of mixing fact with fiction and of creating a credible society for Marlowe to operate in. There's lots of humour in the book and although the body count is pretty high there's nothing gruesome about it - the violence all takes place off-stage. The characters all talk in modern English, including modern buzzwords and phrases from time to time. This takes a bit of getting used to, but it does work in the end - it's probably as realistic as any attempt to mix in Elizabethan language would be. The 'did Marlowe write Shakespeare' debate is a running gag throughout, with Marlowe frequently saying things that are recognisably quotes that will later appear in Shakespeare's work, while Master Shaxsper himself is still struggling to move from the role of mediocre actor to playwright.

The characterisation is good, with Marlowe himself being a likeable protagonist. There is a touch of caricature to some of the more eccentric characters but that's intentional and works with the humorous tone of the book. Where this one falls down a little for me is in its complexity - there's too much going on and the mystery gets a bit swamped amongst the preparations for war and the spy story. Now and again we are taken to where the Spanish are getting the fleet ready and these sections really seemed somewhat extraneous - they complicated the thing without really adding anything much. I felt if the plot had been more streamlined it would actually have worked better.

But overall this was an enjoyable romp with a good mystery and an interesting setting, which I'm sure would entertain anyone who enjoys light historical crime. Recommended, and I'll certainly be watching out for the next in the series.

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Severn House.
Sixth Kit Marlowe has the Armada close at hand. 29 July 2014
By J. Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is book number six in the Tudor mystery series featuring Christopher Marlowe. Here Kit is sent by Sir Francis Walsingham to discover what is happening on the Isle of Wight which is under the control of George Carey, the Captain-General of Wight, at Carisbrooke Castle. Smugglers and traitors to the English crown abound and the speculation is that the Spanish Armada will try to take Wight to establish their foothold on English soil. Kit is sent to check out the lay of the land in his role as a playwright planning an entertainment for the island. What he immediately stumbles into is a murder.

This is very well written historical fiction since the fictional portions flow seamlessly into the actual historical happenings. I liked this depiction of Christopher Marlowe with his sharp attention to detail which helps him when he's wearing his spy/intelligencer hat and because of his humor which helps him when he is dealing with the various characters who will help him solve the mysteries he uncovers. I must admit that I had no idea who to suspect for the murderer since that portion of the novel was so well integrated with the espionage aspects. I was definitely spoilt for choice when it came to guilty parties. This is the first novel I've read in this series and now I am definitely curious and plan to check out the books I've missed. Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a strong connection to factual happenings.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Five Stars 27 Oct. 2014
By Pamela Smith-Boynton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a great easy read
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