Alchemy - Giordano Bruno Book 7 (Paperback)
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Alchemy - Giordano Bruno Book 7 (Paperback)

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Published: 14/03/2024
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Faultlessly plotted and once more rich in drama and historical depth, the seventh scintillating instalment in Parris’ bestselling series finds Giordano Bruno on a mission to make contact with a famous English alchemist at the Holy Roman Emperor’s court in Prague.

The new historical crime thriller, a Sunday Times bestseller, perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Hilary Mantel

Prague, 1588.

A court in turmoil

The court of the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, is a haven for scientists, astrologers and alchemists. The dream – to discover the philosopher’s stone and attain immortality. But now there are rumours of heresy.

A murdered alchemist

Giordano Bruno is sent to Prague as a spy for Elizabeth I. He arrives to find the palace in uproar – an alchemist has been murdered.

An unforgiving enemy

Ordered by the emperor to uncover the killer, Bruno must negotiate the jostling factions at court, as well as the religious tensions brewing in the city. And his hunt to track down a murderer soon proves as elusive as the elixir of life itself…

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008208578
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘The clever twists and turns of Alchemy are assuredly plotted and Prague, a city in religious and political turmoil, makes for a powerful setting’ The Times ‘Over the past dozen years, S. J. Parris’s novels… have been among the most enjoyable of all historical thrillers’ Sunday Times ‘Breathless pace and acutely observed detail make for a story that confounds and surprises’ Observer Praise for S. J. Parris: ‘A brilliantly realised fictionalisation of the Babington plot against Elizabeth 1…Nimbly braiding history with suspense, this is a classy mystery’ Observer ‘Immaculate… the depth of period detail, the all-enveloping sense of time and place, and the sheer gory drama’ Metro ‘Sumptuous’ New York Times ‘Parris’s attention to the details of Elizabethan life and her ability to create characters of depth are again on display in a gripping narrative’ The Sunday Times ‘Fast-paced and entertaining, it’s a well-researched and authentically claustrophobic romp through the Elizabethan underworld’ Mail on Sunday ‘Parris is one of the stars of historical crime fiction and this, her sixth Giordano Bruno novel, is among her best’ i ‘Superbly plotted, shimmeringly written, it will have you on the edge of your seat’ Kate Williams, author of The Storms of War ‘An impressive feat. The plot, one of exhilarating complexity, was handled with aplomb’ 'Marisa Haetzman, also writes as Ambrose Parry ‘A delicious blend of history and thriller’ The Times ‘A tight plot combines with subtly-realised characters and an omnipresent sense of danger … My pleasure in the vividly textured backdrop and a cracking story was accompanied by an uneasy shudder’ Daily Mail ‘Colourful characters, fast-moving plots and a world where one false step in religion or politics can mean a grisly death’ Sunday Times ‘S. J. Parris is one of my favourite authors – and unquestionably our greatest living writer of historical thrillers’ A.J. Finn

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“Another superb read, lose oneself in a spymaster’s history”

Thanks to Pigeonhole I read Alchemy by SJ Parris, which is seventh in a series of books with Giordano Bruno as the protagonist. Reading on the Pigeonhole app bookclub alongside others, lends such an experience of... More

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“Interesting and eventful historical thriller - an engaging read.”

Dr Bruno arrives in Prague and becomes involved in the search for a murderer, the plot involving the Jewish community, alchemists, Catholic intervention and a host of other things. The characters are well-developed,... More

Hardback edition
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“An excellent read! Highly recommend!”

Another brilliant edition of the Giordano Bruno books by SJ Parris! Although after the previous one, Execution, this is only the second one I've read.

This was excellent, and definitely lived up to my... More

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