- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (31 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780290934
- ISBN-13: 978-1780290935
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eleventh Hour: A Tudor Mystery Featuring Christopher Marlowe (A Kit Marlowe Mystery) Hardcover – 31 Mar 2017
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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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Trow clearly had a blast with some of these characters – his depiction of William Shakespeare is particularly amusing and somewhat controversial, given that in this incarnation, poor bumpkin Shakespeare is thoroughly adrift in the London theatrical scene and desperate for work. Though Marlowe is reluctant to employ him as a writer or an actor, given that he is not very good at either. I also enjoyed reading Trow’s version of Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir John Dee. However, the character at the centre of all of these shenanigans is Kit Marlowe himself. Written in third person viewpoint, Marlowe is a complicated, somewhat driven character who provides a series of masks depending on who he is with. I really liked Trow’s characterisation – his detached observation of the people around him and his unwillingness to wear his heart on his sleeve makes him an interesting, complex protagonist.
In order for this book to work, the world building also has to be believable and sharp without slowing down the pace by too much description. Trow has nailed this. We never forget that we are in Tudor England with people whose worries and concerns are so similar to ours – yet also so very different. The climax of this story, along with the denouement worked really well. I certainly didn’t see it coming. Yet there is also another surprise at the end of the book relating to the title which leaves this book on a doozy of a cliffhanger. I shall definitely be looking out for the next book in the series and have already ordered the first one from the local library.
This is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys good quality historical mysteries along the lines of C.J. Samson’s Matthew Shadlake series.
I do like a good historical mystery and have always been fascinated by the mysterious Christopher Marlowe. This one in the series did make me pause to think or the crisis that probably did happen on the death of Walsingham. Action packed, with twists a plenty. It certainly keeps you hooked. I was reading until 3am to finish it!
It’s April, 1590. The queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, is dead! (Long live the next spymaster!) May he rest in peace. But not so fast. Nicholas Faunt, the No.2 man in the queen’s spy business, is certain that Walsingham has been poisoned. He summons Kit, as usual, to help. And as usual the famed playwright, scoundrel of the pleasure pots of London, and reckless rake takes the offer he can’t refuse (literally).
With the help of the leading scientists of the day, and especially his friend, the dark lord of the day, Dr. Dee, the group, which calls itself the School of Night, puts their heads, their tricks, their illusions together to help solve the case: they too are convinced that Walsingham was murdered. Alas, of course, Kit has every reason to believe that ONE of this esteemed group is hiding a deadly secret. Ahhh, but which one?
So we (guided by the clever, very readable and prolific author Trow) must devise an ingenious plan to uncover the murderer.
This Marlowe series is most readable and Trow doesn’t try to romanticize Marlowe and his relationship with William Shakespeare but instead weaves a web of intrigue worthy of the best in this genre. Trow’s series is the best this reader has read and as always awaits the newest one in the series with great eagerness--and there's never been a disappointment. What a joy it is to read him.
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