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Treachery [Kindle Edition]

S. J. Parris
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Praise for S. J. Parris:

• ‘Impossible to resist … Parris creates a convincing sense of the past, woven with so much intrigue that the head fairly spins’ Daily Telegraph

• ‘It has everything – intrigue, mystery and excellent history’ Kate Mosse

• ‘Parris writes with confident ease of Tudor London … The dialogue balances nicely on a tightrope of period phrases and cut-to-the-chase colloquialisms. More, please’ The Times

• ‘Full of surprises … an imaginatively satisfying addition to the many real intrigues surrounding the imprisoned Mary Stuart and the threats to Elizabeth’s security’ TLS

• ‘Fascinating … The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping’ Conn Iggulden

• ‘A brilliantly unusual glimpse at the intrigues surrounding Queen Elizabeth I’ Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The American Boy

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Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose, the fourth historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy.

August, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a heretic fleeing the Inquisition, finds a new life working as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham.

Along with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, Bruno travels to Plymouth on the Queen’s behalf. There, they meet Sir Francis Drake, who is preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish, which could turn the tide of war.

Unbeknownst to Bruno, however, Sidney plans to stowaway with Drake’s fleet and return a hero – dragging Bruno with him to the New World. But when a murder occurs aboard Drake’s own ship, fear and suspicion grip the fleet and threaten to abort the expedition before it begins.

Navigating the jealousies and loyalties of the crew, Bruno learns that someone with a deadly grudge is shadowing his investigation.

Tracking the killer through Plymouth’s menacing backstreets, he uncovers some of the darkest secrets the city is harbouring. Failure will come at the highest cost – not just for Bruno, but all of England…

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Mar 2014
By Dickens
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Another excellent Bruno novel from SJ Parris. Well written and gripping, very enjoyable. No need to have read the others, although this would be a good idea. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent adventure... 13 Mar 2014
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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My oh my, there are certainly a lot of historical novels about Elizabethan England being published these days. Two major authors have series, Rory Clements' "John Shakespeare" and SJ Parris's "Giordano Bruno". Both authors have new books out, and this review is about "Treachery", the fourth book in the Bruno series.

Giordano Bruno was a real person. He was an Italian monk, who questioned scientific teachings of the Church and was forced to flee for his life. He ended up, eventually, in England, after leaving the priesthood. He went to work for Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's secretary and "spymaster". While working for Walsingham, he befriended Walsingham's son-in-law, Sir Philip Sidney. In "Treachery", the two are sent down to Plymouth and Sir Francis Drake's fleet on a mission for Walsingham. Sir Philip would like to accompany Drake on his next sailing against the Spanish but Bruno wants to stay on terra firma.

As usual when Bruno and Sidney turn up somewhere, so do deaths. Mysterious and brutal and often politically motivated, these murders are solved by Bruno, who is quickly attaining a reputation in Elizabeth's court as a "go-to man" on figuring out intrigue. "Treachery" is a complicated story, though not too complicated to appeal to Parris's many fans of her three previous books in the series. This book is the first in which I've sensed Giordano Bruno has a sense of humor; there's some light-hearted bantering with his friend, Sidney. Parris also gives Giordano a love interest, Lady Arden, the cousin-in-law of Francis Drake. The book is filled with real and imaginary characters and Parris shows a real feel for the politics and scientific advances of the times.

SJ Parris tells a great story in "Treachery". It's well-worth the time spent with her cast of characters in the fairly long book. Also, look for Rory Clements' "John Shakespeare" series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping mystery 9 Mar 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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In the fourth of this series featuring Giordano Bruno and Philip Sidney, Parris creates another complex and twisted case set in the mid-1580s. Drake is about to set off on another voyage to harass the Spanish, but a dangerous manuscript, death threats, a suicide (or is it?) and the legacy of a previous execution conspire to keep him at Portsmouth.

I like this series for its wit, complex plotting and for the characters of Bruno and Sidney who are a step up from the more usual single-dimensional historical investigators. Parris’ dry wit, ventriloquised through Bruno is especially welcome: ‘ “Perhaps not,” Sidney says, still beaming. He seems to have decided that aggressive charm is an effective way to irritate Thomas Drake. It is proving successful so far.’

If you’re looking for switch-off reading which is still gripping, this may be a good choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average - Predictable and Lightweight... 4 April 2014
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I looked forward to this book coming out as I'd enjoyed the previous books. However, maybe the "first person" genre has run it's course. The characters don't develop, there's no depth to them or the story and it reads a bit like a report...I simply can't get into this one, and as the plot (and what character building there is) follows the same lines as the others it's even a bit irritating. Certainly not comparable to C J Sansom books, let's put it that way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gem in a packed genre 22 July 2014
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It is the mid-1580s and Sir Francis Drake is the toast of England following his exploits against the Spanish. he is planning a new voyage to the Spanish Main to obtain riches for the Crown and his crew. Sir Philip Sidney sees this as an opportunity for adventure and making money and he plans to join the fleet, with or without the Queens' permission. Giordano Bruno, one-time Domenican friar of Naples, sometime spy and recently disgraced pensioner of King Henri of France, accompanies Sidney to Plymouth ostensibly to greet Dom Antonio a visitor from Portugal.

When meeting Drake, Bruno discovers that a member of the crew has dies in circumstances that seem to indicate suicide, but something is wrong. The dead man was involved in a unpleasant incident on a previous voyage wham a dissenter was executed for treason, his brother vowing vengeance. There is the issue of rare book, a gnostic gospel, that is prized but the Vatican and on its trail is Jenkes, the earless bookseller and enemy of Bruno. There is also the matter of Lady Arden, cousin to Lady Drake, and the goings on at the House of Vesta, a brothel for the rich and powerful.

Yet again Parris has written a pacy and exciting read about the fictional adventures of the real character Giordano Bruno. Whilst the story is thrilling, the historical detail does not lack and this makes the series one of the oat enjoyable of its genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Merritt Does It Again 1 April 2014
By Douglas
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This review is from Douglas Horne, the #1 fan of "S. J. Parris" in the United States.

I couldn't stand to wait for months for the U.S. edition to be released, so I ordered from AmazonUK.

Just finished the book (read it in 2 days---couldn't put it down), and highly recommend it to others.

The setting of the book (in the raw and raucous Plymouth of the Elizabethan era) is quite different from the London and Oxford of the previous Bruno novels, and the characterizations of Bruno, Sydney, and Drake are well done and convincing. The author's research into Drake's career and character seems to have been considerable, and it paid off in a very believable third main character.

As usual in this series, there is a host of suspects for the murder of the hour, and by turns, all of them seen equally guilty at one point or another in the narrative. The reader goes on a roller coaster ride as the author focuses first on one suspect, then another, then another. This thriller is augmented by the return of an old nemesis from one of the prior novels.

As this book concludes, it leaves the reader wanting "more," and as soon as possible! Next stop: the Netherlands (for Sir Philip Sydney), and Paris (where Bruno will once again be literally surrounded by enemies).

The religious and political aspects of the "lost" Gnostic testament of Judas Iscariot were absolutely fascinating.

Keep up the good work, Stephanie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Mr Michal Smal
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories create a world and draw you in to ...
Interesting stories create a world and draw you in to it. S J Parris does that very well whilst weaving historical fact into the fiction. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nicholas Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 2 days ago by M. Connolly
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read
A true who done it ! Keeps you guessing till the end . Love the characters and the relationship between Bruno and Sidney.
Published 3 days ago by gibgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
A great balance of historical narrative and gently woven theatre - great read and to be commended on all levels
Published 13 days ago by kC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Love the series and can't wait for the next one
Published 17 days ago by Dodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy historical fiction this kept me on tender hooks
Published 20 days ago by Dennis Aynsley
5.0 out of 5 stars I just could not put this book down, I ...
I just could not put this book down, I didn't want the book to end. The detail of surroundings transports you back in time. Same with the previous 3. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sandra Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant historical novel
First book that I have read from this author but really enjoyed it. Beautifully written and researched. I will certainly be reading the rest of her books.
Published 21 days ago by Maristubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read,came on time
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