The Serpent's Mark - The Jackdaw Mysteries (Paperback)S. W. Perry (author)
Longlisted for the CWA Sapere Historical Dagger 2020
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 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...
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 311 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
The second in [Perry's] series about the Elizabethan doctor-cum-sleuth Nicholas Shelby... is as elegantly written as the first - The Times
An excellent romp through an exciting era. - Jon Wise, the Sunday Sport
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
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 series
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
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
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
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
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 series, on The Angel's Mark
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“Intriguing historical fiction”
Although this book is the second book in a series written by S.W Perry, it can be read as a stand-alone. I won this book and never read the first book but I still found it easy to understand as the characters were... More
“Enjoyable and easy to read Elizabethan mystery”
The Serpents Mark is a mystery tale set in England in the 1590's, it is a story of conspiracy, religious zealotry, plot & murder.
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“A gripping historical crime drama”
What a beautifully made novel, inside and out. The hard cover has a deep purple colour with gold letters on the spine. It feels nice to hold and to read. I dint read the first book of Nicolas Shelby's adventures... More
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