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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem, 18 Nov 2006
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C. Aitken (England) - See all my reviews
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It is not often a book takes my breath away and is genuinely "unputdownable", but this was one. I was transported into the seedier side of Elizabethan England and kept on tenterhooks throughout. It is beautifully written, atmospheric and of an historical accuracy rare to found outside of Dorothy Dunnett and Colleen McCullough. Best read in years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Involving Plot with Great Characters. Read It! ., 9 Feb 2000
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Unicorn's Blood lays a web sophisticated enough to keep fans of Le Carre absorbed and stays historically accurate, while inventing characters we can care about. Her heros are never 20th century politically correct, but admirable despite all their 16th century faults and idiosycracies. From the main characters' daring fights and escapes, to the incidental players' acts of conscience, I was holding my breath, cheering, and agonizing for right to prevail.
It is set in Elizabeth's Court and the streets of late 16th Century London and interweaves the real life mystery of how Elizabeth came to execute her cousin, Mary. Finney employs interesting devices such as narration by the "Holy Virgin"/earth goddess. A great read for any fan of espionage, historical mystery, or just great fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Patricia Finney's best, 7 Jan 2008
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J "jan" (Derbyshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I discovered Patricia Finney through her "Sir Robert Carey mysteries" and was delighted to find that this novel includes a glimpse of his earlier career, but that is just the gilt on the gingerbread. No, it's not an easy read, not least because this author believes in painting the Elizabethans Warts and All - which includes torture chambers, lack of plumbing, and the generally precarious business of sheer survival. But it is wonderfully written, and really seems to give an insight into sixteenth century minds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great detective novel, 18 Oct 2007
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Didier (Ghent, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Just like "Firedrake's eye" and "Gloriana's torch" this is a stunning detective novel set in Elizabethan times (have you ever considered what a wealth of books we would have missed out on if Elizabeth had never been queen?). Elizabeth is caught between a rock and a hard place: should she or should she not order the execution of Mary Queen of Scots? And when rumours about an ancient scandal begin, our unlikely heroes David Becket and Simon Ames finds themselves caught up in the midst.

Be aware that this is not an easy book, with it's intricate plot and dense language, so if you're looking for something to read on the beach while on holiday I'd pick something else.
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