Martyr (John Shakespeare Series #1)

Martyr (John Shakespeare Series #1)

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The year is 1587. One of Queen Elizabeth's cousins is found murdered, her flesh marked with profane symbols. A plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake, England's most famous sea warrior, is discovered. One man is charged with the desperate task of solving both cases: John Shakespeare.

Shadowed by his rival, the Queen's chief torturer, Shakespeare travels through an underworld of spies, sorcerers, whores, and theater people—including his younger brother, the struggling playwright Will—to piece together a complex conspiracy, the implications of which are almost too horrific to contemplate. For a zealous and cunning killer is stalking England's streets. And as Shakespeare threatens to reveal the madman's identity, he and the beautiful woman he desires come ever closer to becoming the next martyrs to the cause.

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ISBN-13: 9781400110667
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: John Shakespeare Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rory Clements, a former features editor and associate editor of Today, now writes full-time in an idyllic corner of Norfolk, England.

Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over eight hundred audiobooks and has earned five coveted Audie Awards, and he has won fifty-seven Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named him a Golden Voice.

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Martyr 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1587 Queen Elizabeth considers the consequences of executing her prime rival Mary, Queen of Scots vs. keeping the threat of revolt by leaving her alive. At the same time, English spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham learns of an assassination plot from a reliable source that the Spanish want to kill naval hero Sir Francis "El Draque" Drake; his murder would cause havoc in the country as he has caused trouble for Spain and known for sailing aroud the world. Walsingham assigns assistant secretary and chief intelligencer John Shakespeare to investigate the scheme and quickly concludes the Drake plot is tied to the murder of a relative of the Queen Lady Blanche Howard, whose corpse mutilated with numerous stabbings was found in a London fire. John's inquiries angers the Queen's loyal supporter Richard Topcliffe, who uses torture to obtain confessions from Her Highness' enemies especially Catholics. Richard warns John to back off or he will come after Shakespeare's father, who empathizes with Catholics, and insure his brother's writing and acting career fails. This is a superb Elizabethan thriller starring Will's older brother John just prior to the execution of Mary and a tear before the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The investigations into the murder of Elizabeth's cousin and the conspiracy to kill Drake are top rate especially the way Rory Clements ties them together. With a deep look at the era as well, Elizabethan period and historical mystery fans will appreciate this delightful novel. Harriet Klausner
SaraPoole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A deft and very pleasing historical mystery that takes us into the byways of Elizabethan London in the company of Will Shakespeare's imagined elder brother, John. The plot is complex enough to be engaging, the pace is spot on, and John is a likable guy with enough shadows to make him interesting. I hope to see more in this vein.
ElaineBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have really got to stop reading book reviews and recommendations. I keep finding books that sound interesting, but are complete different from my normal reading fare. To make matters worse, most of them are good books too.Martyr is definitely one of those good books. The book was engrossing, but not something I could read for hours at a time. There was just too much going on. That is my only complaint. There were so many different characters and so many plots and subplots that I had difficulty keeping track of the storyline.I have categorized this book under romance, although it is primarily a historical mystery. The romance is very minor and definitely just a side note.Two more books in the series have been published: Revenger and Prince. I may read them some day, but I am not certain. They are definitely not next on my list.
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reviewerMR More than 1 year ago
As a fan of historical fiction i found this book to be an excellent mystery, with plenty of action and interesting characters.