The Angel's Mark: A gripping tale of espionage and murder in Elizabethan London - The Jackdaw Mysteries (Paperback)S. W. Perry (author)
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Longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Historical Fiction Dagger, 2019
A Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommended Read 2019
'A gorgeous book - rich, intelligent and dark in equal measure... Historical fiction at its most sumptuous.' Rory Clements
Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars, Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering.
And a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London...
Idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby becomes determined to end these terrible murders. Joined in his investigations by Bianca, a beautiful but mysterious tavern keeper, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot.
With the killer still at large, Bianca finds herself in terrible danger.
Nicholas's choice seems impossible - to save Bianca, or save himself...
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 311 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
Wonderful! Beautiful writing, and Perry's Elizabethan London is so skilfully evoked, so real that one can almost smell it. * Giles Kristian *
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 *
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 *
The Angel's Mark has the pace of a thriller... S.W. Perry is a welcome addition to the ranks of historical crime novelists. * Simon Brett *
A remarkably assured and classy debut. Perry grabs your attention from the first paragraph and holds it throughout a fascinating journey into high and low life of Tudor London. This could, hopefully, be the start of an addictive series. * L C Tyler *
A strong and convincing debut -- Antonia Senior * The Times *
A tense whodunit and a fine debut. * Weekend Sport *
An engaging Elizabethan thriller * Sunday Times *
[A] sad, compassionate story beautifully told * Daily Express *
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I won a free copy of this book to review and was waiting eagerly for it to arrive ! I only managed to get half way through before giving it up as a bad job . The characters were completely unlikeable , However I am... More
This story really gives you the feel of Elizabethan England. It well combines the main character of physician Nicholas Shelby with real life characters of Robert Cecil the Lord Treasurer’s son and Lord John Lumley... More
“The Angel's Mark by S. W. Perry”
I only got halfway through this one before giving up on it. It was very slow and the mystery didn't grab me at all.
However, the writing was very literary and the characters did capture my heart. The feel of... More
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