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The Serpent's Mark (#2 Nicholas Shelby)

S. W. Perry



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01 August 2019
Fiction & Literature; Historical mysteries; Espionage & spy thriller
Treason sleeps for no man ...

London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London's lawless Bankside. But, when the queen's spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself.

With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a sinister world of zealots, charlatans and dangerous fanatics ...
By:   S. W. Perry
Imprint:   Corvus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   720g
ISBN:   9781786494962
ISBN 10:   1786494965
Series:   The Jackdaw Mysteries
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

S. W. Perry was a journalist and broadcaster before retraining as an airline pilot. He lives in Worcestershire with his wife.

Reviews for The Serpent's Mark (#2 Nicholas Shelby)

I knew before I got to the bottom of the first page that The Angel's Mark was the real thing. In an increasingly crowded field, this one is going to stand out. * S G MacLean, author of The Seeker on The Angel's Mark * An impressively dramatic and gripping debut novel. Elegantly written, thoroughly researched, The Angel's Mark draws us into the murky world of Elizabethan London where life is a game of chance, and savage death a close neighbour, quick to pounce on the unsuspecting. I predict that we will be seeing much more of Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy. * Anne O'Brien, author of The Scandalous Duchess on The Angel's Mark * Wonderful! Beautiful writing, and Perry's Elizabethan London is so skilfully evoked, so real that one can almost smell it. * Giles Kristian, author of Lancelot on The Angel's Mark * A gorgeous book - rich, intelligent and dark in equal measure. It immerses you in the late 16th century and leaves you wrung out with terror. This is historical fiction at its most sumptuous... * Rory Clements, author of the the John Shakespeare series on The Angel's Mark * The second in [Perry's] series about the Elizabethan doctorcum-sleuth Nicholas Shelby... is as elegantly written as the first * The Times * The Serpent's Mark is an excellent evocation of Elizabethan England, with espionage, intricate conspiracies, strange medical practises and a gripping story. A rattling good read. * William Ryan, bestselling author of The Constant Soldier * The writing is of such a quality, the characters so engaging and the setting so persuasive that, only two books in, S.W. Perry's ingeniously plotted novels have become my favourite historical crime series. * S G MacLean, author of The Seeker * No-one is better than S. W. Perry at leading us through the squalid streets of London in the sixteenth century. * Andrew Swanston, author of the Thomas Hill Novels * A satisfyingly convoluted plot. * Sunday Times *

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