Sacrilege

Sacrilege

by S. J. Parris
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Sacrilege by S. J. Parris

A gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century England and centered on the highly secretive cult of Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral.
 
London, summer of 1584: Radical philosopher, ex-monk, and spy Giordano Bruno suspects he is being followed by an old enemy. He is shocked to discover that his pursuer is in fact Sophia Underhill, a young woman with whom he was once in love. When Bruno learns that Sophia has been accused of murdering her husband, a prominent magistrate in Canterbury, he agrees to do anything he can to help clear her name.
    
In the city that was once England's greatest center of pilgrimage, Bruno begins to uncover unsuspected secrets that point to the dead man being part of a larger and more dangerous plot in the making. He must turn his detective's eye on history—on Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral, and on the legend surrounding the disappearance of his body—in order to solve the crime.
    
As Bruno's feelings for Sophia grow more intense, so does his fear that another murder is about to take place—perhaps his own. But more than Bruno's life is at stake in this vividly rendered, impeccably researched, and addictively page-turning whodunit—the stability of the kingdom hangs in the balance as Bruno hunts down a brutal murderer in the shadows of England's most ancient cathedral.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307947451
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 320,333
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

S. J. PARRIS is the pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt. Since graduating from Cambridge she has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as for radio and television. She currently writes for The Observer and The Guardian and is the author of five books.

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Sacrilege: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
readsalways More than 1 year ago
Excellent historical fiction. Does a great job of setting out the conflict in the Elizabethan era between the Catholic and Protestant churchess and the political implications throughout Europe. Of course, perhaps even more importantly it is very entertaining - interesting characters and a great plot with a surprise ending. I highly recommend it and look forward to catching up on the earlier books in the Bruno series.
Dominican More than 1 year ago
This is the third in a series of books featuring 16th century ex-monk and spy Giordano Bruno. It is well plotted and well paced and a very satisfying read. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great book. Her ability to weave the story's multiple linkages and tie them together in a completely satisfactory manner, sets her apart from here peers. I too can't wait for the next one.
Crack1111 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every sentence: Religious history mixed with Church politics (capital C) and a murder mystery...to be solved by the former monk who pines after the accused (but manages to remain objective).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What another really good book by S.J. Parris. I loved her first book "Heresy" and this one stands up to that excellent standard. If you like the murder mystery genre along with 16th Century History including that ennoble Giordano Bruno then you will most certainly enjoy this book.
Avidel More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it. Interesting and controversial.
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Really didn't like the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice book!1334321905568