Top positive review
For any lover of high quality fiction
on 3 October 2016
This is the third book in the increasingly renowned Elizabethan detective series, involving the ex-monk, Bruno, now a heretic and proponent of a new enlightenment. As a fellow thriller writer, I would hail it as a brilliant encapsulation of the times and the tensions between the nascent Protestant Church of England and the long established European Catholicism – a dichotomy that divided Europe and gave rise to endless tensions and wars. I gather that the author has a special interest in the history of the period, having studied it at the University of Cambridge, UK.
The historical accuracy is all that one would anticipate in an expert of the period. This, combined with the thrills and spills and perfect pacing of a seasoned thriller writer, makes the book unputdownable. But there is another, and perhaps even more interesting, aspect that makes it rather special. This is the sexual power play, which really enlivens the narrative.
I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone who loves thrillers of any sort whatsoever – indeed I would recommend it to any lover of fiction.