- Hardcover: 226 pages
- Publisher: Crème de la Crime; First World Publication edition (1 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780290624
- ISBN-13: 978-1780290621
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.3 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Traitor's Storm (A Kit Marlowe Mystery) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2014
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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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At the court of Elizabeth I the talk is of nothing else but invasion by the Spanish and English eyes look to the English Channel for any signs of a Spanish Armada approaching. Elizabeth is determined that no foreign invasion force will set foot on English soil and her spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham sends Christopher Marlowe, one of his intelligencers south to the Isle of Wight. The island is in a prime position for Marlowe to await signs of movement by the Spanish. Marlowe finds the islanders a complex lot, suspicious of strangers and with their own way of doing things, but more importantly as far as Marlowe is concerned, are they for or against Elizabeth. Are the Spanish the only enemy or will another threat come from closer to home?
I enjoyed the book very much and will try and catch up on some of the earlier ones in the series that I have missed. With Rory Clements John Shakespeare and M. J. Trow’s Christopher Marlowe, there should be many more exciting novels from this period of English history.
This is very well written historical fiction since the fictional portions flow seamlessly into the actual historical happenings. I liked this depiction of Christopher Marlowe with his sharp attention to detail which helps him when he's wearing his spy/intelligencer hat and because of his humor which helps him when he is dealing with the various characters who will help him solve the mysteries he uncovers. I must admit that I had no idea who to suspect for the murderer since that portion of the novel was so well integrated with the espionage aspects. I was definitely spoilt for choice when it came to guilty parties. This is the first novel I've read in this series and now I am definitely curious and plan to check out the books I've missed. Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a strong connection to factual happenings.
I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Another in the Kit Marlowe series, this is a light-hearted historical crime story. Trow does a very good job of mixing fact with fiction and of creating a credible society for Marlowe to operate in. There's lots of humour in the book and although the body count is pretty high there's nothing gruesome about it - the violence all takes place off-stage. The characters all talk in modern English, including modern buzzwords and phrases from time to time. This takes a bit of getting used to, but it does work in the end - it's probably as realistic as any attempt to mix in Elizabethan language would be. The 'did Marlowe write Shakespeare' debate is a running gag throughout, with Marlowe frequently saying things that are recognisably quotes that will later appear in Shakespeare's work, while Master Shaxsper himself is still struggling to move from the role of mediocre actor to playwright.
The characterisation is good, with Marlowe himself being a likeable protagonist. There is a touch of caricature to some of the more eccentric characters but that's intentional and works with the humorous tone of the book. Where this one falls down a little for me is in its complexity - there's too much going on and the mystery gets a bit swamped amongst the preparations for war and the spy story. Now and again we are taken to where the Spanish are getting the fleet ready and these sections really seemed somewhat extraneous - they complicated the thing without really adding anything much. I felt if the plot had been more streamlined it would actually have worked better.
But overall this was an enjoyable romp with a good mystery and an interesting setting, which I'm sure would entertain anyone who enjoys light historical crime. Recommended, and I'll certainly be watching out for the next in the series.
NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Severn House.
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