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A gripping Elizabethan mystery,
This review is from: Martyr: John Shakespeare 1 (Paperback)
The year is 1587 in England, Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne. A plot to kill Sir Francis Drake has been uncovered and a high born young woman is discovered dead - her body horribly mutilated. Protestant - Catholic tensions are at an all time high with Queen Elizabeth attempting to crush and Catholics in the country attempting to practise their faith.
John Shakespeare is tasked with not only finding the killer of Lady Blanche Howard but also to ensure that Sir Francis Drake stays alive to defeat the threat of a Spanish Invasion.
This is the first book in a series of books featuring John Shakespeare and the first novel by Rory Clements that I had read.
I found that the story gripped me from start to finish with all its twists, turns, family secrets and intrigue. The novel perfectly evokes all the putrid smells and sights of Elizabethan England whilst perfectly conveying the sense of fear and threat that both the Catholics and Protestants must have felt during that period. A word of warning though, because (due to it excellent descriptions) some of the sights and descriptions of the horrific torture that many suffered during that period this book is perhaps not for the faint hearted.
I really enjoyed this 1st John Shakespeare story and will definitely be reading the other books in the series.