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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 16 hours and 30 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Sept. 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOVU7Q8

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I have read a previous book in the series and found it OK but this book I found annoying. In essence I could not accept as plausible a large number of the decisons of the 'hero'. I virtually never give up on reading a book and did manage to finish this but it was very hard going. As each (to me) unlikely decision was made, my enjoyment reduced and annoyance increased. I wish I could give it more stars but I can't.
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I have been reading 'historic' murders for some time now and although I found this less factual than Shardlake and certainly Hilary Mantell, it is what it is and doesnt attempt to link into actual historic events. Bruno is the main charactor and often find himself drawn into investigations and sub plots without trying. The storys are well written and often give enough clues for you to nearly figure it out. It is not too obvious nor too subtle.

I am really enjoying reading these, even though I feel I am killing time waiting for Shardlake again.

I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys murder mysterys, it is well written, keeps a good pace and is very enjoyable.
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I've loved these books since the first one came out and so far, as soon as I finish one, I'm champing at the bit for the next one. This time though, the plot seemed rather contrived and Bruno wasn't shown off to his best. I think the author was determined to bring Bruno and Sophia together again and the plot was shoehorned to fit, particularly as it was so obvious that she will turn up again like the proverbial bad penny. The supporting characters in Canterbury were a bit boring and predictable. The book was rescued by the author's usual attention to period detail and colour. I will still read the next Bruno instalment when it's published but I hope Sophia will left out of things for a very long time to come.
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This is the third outing for Giordano Bruno, the monk on the run turned astronomer turned Walsingham's employee, following Heresyand Prophecy. The story commences shortly after the second installment with the return of Bruno's love interest from Prophecy, Sophie, who is on the run from Canterbury, due to her husband having being murdered and her being the prime suspect. She seeks Bruno's help to prove her innocence.

So starts the story, which evolves with Walsingham wanting Bruno to also investigate other strange goings on in Canterbury.... two birds with one stone, so to speak.

As with the other two books in the series, the novel has likable characters, is well written and has great descriptions of Tudor England.

However (you knew it was coming from a three star review didn't you?), I started to lose interest approximately halfway through, with the story starting to run out of steam.... much of the descriptions and story started to seem repetitive.

Maybe I have now read too many of this genre, as they are all starting to feel "samey"...? I had similar issues with the recent Rory Clements offering, Traitor and the last Shardlake to be published to date, Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake 5).

Ok, but not brilliant (but will still read the next in the series, as want to know what happens to both Bruno and Sophie!).
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Great historical novel, I also downloaded the audio version, as it was on special when you bought the book, it can be quite soothing listening and really ready for the next novel, but hope the author will get rid of Sophia, as, I think she is a distraction, but the way the book ends I think she will be popping back up again which is a shame. I think it must be quite hard in the 1500 century to solve crime as a lot of it must be guess work, and common sense, however its certainly different to todays crime busting,
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By Denise4891 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2012
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This is the third outing for SJ Parris's Elizabethan crime-solving monk-turned-astronomer Giordano Bruno, and in my opinion this excellent series is getting better with each instalment.

At the beginning of Book 3 Bruno is reunited with a past love interest who is on the run, accused of murdering her husband. She persuades Bruno (actually he doesn't take much persuading, he is Italian after all) to go with her to Canterbury, the scene of the crime, to investigate the murder and hopefully prove her innocence. Bruno seeks permission from his employer, the Queen's Private Secretary/ Spymaster, Francis Walsingham, who fortuitously has his own reasons for wanting to send his top sleuth to Canterbury, where he suspects that a nest of Catholic sympathisers is plotting yet another dastardly scheme to overthrow Queen Bess.

So off our hero goes on another of his (mis)adventures, which he admits he falls into "as other men fall in and out of alehouses". As well as investigating the murder of his friend's husband (and several others which quickly follow once he arrives in the city) Bruno becomes involved in the search for the bones of Thomas a Becket which are thought to have been removed to a safe haven during the Dissolution, as well as having yet another close encounter with that elusive ancient manuscript by Hermes Trismegistus which Bruno and a lot of other influential people are keen to get their hands on.

SJ Parris has created an extremely likeable and believable fictional persona for Giordano Bruno (a real historical figure of course).
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