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Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs.
When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....
©2010 Stephanie Merritt (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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By Wendy on 08-15-13

Another tudor tale

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I liked the twist that here was a heretic investigating heretics and the character has been well-established for further stories. However, there seems to be a "template" for this sort of book if you dig under the surface and compare to C J Sansom or earlier Ellis Peters

An enjoyable listen for the holidays

Would you be willing to try another book from S. J. Parris? Why or why not?

Probably, to see what how the character develops -

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful

By Stephibobz on 04-16-16

Not as strong a story as I'd hoped.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Possibly. If you haven't read other books set in this period I'm sure you will love it but in my opinion I've read better.
I have loved other books set in the Tudor period (e.g. The Shardlake series) but this book for me was weak compared to others.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I think I missed the point of why the main character is who he is. If that makes sense.
The 'point' as to why this person must narrate the story and be a part of this world didn't seem legitimate. Although he was interesting in ways, the reason why he was part of the story wasn't apparent enough for me. Other than him being a heratic, and many people in the in the story were, he seemed just be a foreigner.

Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I certainly would as he was a good performer. Especially considering the majority of the book has to be spoken in a Spanish accent which could, but doesn't, get irritating.

Do you think Heresy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It certain could but when the book ended I didn't really care about the characters enough to want to know more about them.

Any additional comments?

This could be a fantastic book if you have not read any others in this genre or time period. I have and found others to be stronger and more compelling stories.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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