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Excellent sequel to bones...,
This review is from: The Heresy of Dr Dee (The John Dee Papers) (Hardcover)
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I like quirky and different in historical novels, particularly detective/mystery novels. I really liked The Bones of Avalon, felt it had a lot of potential, and represented a new and different character in an increasing cluttered genre. I looked forward to the sequel to see how Dee (and Rickman) continued to negotiate the court politics and complex social intrigues and allegiances of Tudor England that was overseen by the mercurial Queen Elizabeth, the same court which was itself an artefact of the murderous reigns of both her father Henry VIII and half sister Queen Mary.
There are dark undercurrents in The Bones of Avalon and there are even darker ones in `Heresy' as the story unfolds. Did Earl Dudley engineer the death of his wife? It certainly provides a suitably complex, and authentic, backdrop to this story as Dee goes off to fulfil a task for the Queen accompanied by his recently widowed friend.
I really like the character of Dee and I'm beginning to become a big fan of Rickman's storytelling style. Rather like James Forester's Clarenceux trilogy the style is rich in description of life and events and requires reading (as opposed to skimming) to appreciate the book fully. Can't recommend this book enough, I hope that Rickman is able to continue the standard in future outings.