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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Clarady is recruited to spy on a group of radical Puritans at Cambridge University. Francis Bacon is his spymaster; his tutor in both tradecraft and religious politics. Their commission gets off to a deadly start when Tom finds his chief informant hanging from the roof beams. Now he must catch a murderer as well as a seditioner. His first suspect is volatile poet Christopher Marlowe, who keeps turning up in the wrong places. Dogged by unreliable assistants, chased by three lusty women, and harangued daily by the exacting Bacon, Tom risks his very soul to catch the villains and win his reward.
©2014 Anna Castle (P)2018 Anna Castle
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5 out of 5 stars
By Terri A. on 04-29-18

enjoyable historical fiction.

I received this audiobook, from the author, free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed listening to this book it was a very good mystery with several surprises. The narrator was ok but I like some other better. looking forward to listening to more in the series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan Patterson on 04-27-18

Spies and intrigue!

Love the vocabulary of the day!

Joel Froomkin did a good job of narrating. Brought the characters to life.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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By nerak on 05-04-18

Great historical mystery

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I love history in the main and I particularly love the traumatic and turbulent times of the Tudors, Henry VIII, Mary and Elizabeth I, the soya, the intrigue and the constant threat of execution are all part and parcel of the daily life then.

Anna Castle has managed to tie all of these aspects together, bringing sedition (religious extremism) together with fraud, murder and spying in a world of education.

Having studied at Cambridge myself in the early part of the 21st century, it is amazing to hear of the places that I saw when wandering the city. My love of history is given full consideration in this novel and the author even provides a reason for small changes that none but the true historical researcher would be able to catch.

The narrator really makes the whole story come alive for the listener, providing appropriate accents for the locals, the londoners, the aristocracy and the serving people. It is a joy to be able to tell each character just from the accent.

I will be looking out for more from this author and narrator as I enjoyed this book immensely.

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