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Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder.
Bacon's powerful uncle, Lord Burghley, suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man's legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets.
Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss - and in danger - until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.
©2104 Anna Castle (P)2017 Anna Castle
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Olson on 12-09-17

Annoying characters

I am not sure if it was the performance or how the characters were written, but I had a tough time with this book. Just didn't care if the murderer got all of them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 02-20-18


I was really impressed with this book and found the story very interesting. There is more than just a murder in the story. Before listening to this book, I had never paid much attention to the court system in England in the 1500's. I thought the author wrote great imagery with this book and I loved the unexpected twists and even the humor. Joel Froomkin did an excellent performance with the various characters. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I will definitely listen to more books by Anna Castle and Joel Froomkin!

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