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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rory Clements Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Shakespeare Series Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400180660
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Excellent.... The characters, action and period detail are all solid. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “William Shakespeare’s older brother, John, plays sleuth in Clements’s excellent debut, billed as an Elizabethan thriller…The characters, action, and period detail are all solid.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] well-paced plot and complex story.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Rory Clements brings sixteenth-century London to life in this well-plotted historical mystery…Impressive.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sundra | 2/10/2014

    " I think both the Protestants and Catholics were crazy......Jesus could not have been proud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2014

    " Mystery/crime thrillers aren't generally my preferred genre, but this one was recommended to me. It was good for what it was: quick moving, complexly plotted without being confusing, and occasionally surprising. The historical element was fairly well done as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen | 2/4/2014

    " If you like CJ Sansom's Shardlake books you'll probably enjoy this one, I don't think the characters are as engaging or the storylines as robust but all in all a good read centred around the Elizabethan reign "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Ferry | 1/22/2014

    " Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/20/2014

    " Barely OK, more of a 1.5 stars. Lightweight pap with a thin plot & barely believeable characters. Like junk food, devoured in minutes & leaves you yearning for something more substantial. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad Fehnel | 1/12/2014

    " Too much fiction. Not enough history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 1/5/2014

    " Very good story. The time period was interesting. Need to make a note to get my hands on the second book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Elder | 12/11/2013

    " I truly enjoyed this book and the others in the series are on my to read list. If you like Tudor era stories, this is a good mystery series for that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Haemmerle | 11/30/2013

    " Would have given this a 3.5 rating if that was possible. It reminded me too much of sansom, which is why I'm probably a bit more negative than I should be. Otherwise it would be a four-star book easily! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/16/2013

    " I'd never read anything by this author. The book is ok. It moves well. If you like historical fiction and mysteries, this book will cover it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Duff | 9/20/2013

    " What I learned from this book is that I won't be rushing out to get the next one. in future I'll wait for a new Matthew Shardlake "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Windy | 7/14/2013

    " I don't know why but I just couldn't settle down with this one and I gave it several tries over a few days but still ended up giving up on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlene | 4/27/2012

    " A mostly enjoyable read. The end was a bit lacking but I will still give the second in the series a try. Sometimes it takes a while to develop your characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 3/10/2012

    " William Shakespeare has a brother who works for Walsingham as an intelligensier. He follows clues that lead to Catholic priests in hiding, a beautiful governess who speaks her mind, and the killer of a pregnant noble. Great plot and appropriate language for the day, without bogging down the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/26/2012

    " Finished ages ago but not felt the need to post a review which says it all really. A poor man's C.J Sansom but diverting enough I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/11/2012

    " I finished this in a day. Attracts (unfairly) comparisons with Sansom's 'Shardelake' series. Very good in it's own right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 3/24/2011

    " I really don't understand all of the poor reviews. I enjoyed the story overall and felt that it provided me with the ambience of the time period. The book had the necessary blackguards as well as heroes. I found the story satisfying and would read others by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2010

    " The history/mystery components of Martyr were fine, but it could have used some editing - removing a totally unnecessary sub-plot or two would have made the book much tighter and better paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanialee | 12/17/2010

    " I found this book hard to get into at first and almost put it to one side. But I pushed on and was well rewarded for my perseverance. I found it a well formed story and by the end, I had trouble putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah | 12/9/2010

    " really good gripping book with some nice twists. cant wait to read the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 8/26/2010

    " A bit like a history lesson "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blaise | 7/12/2010

    " This was pretty good - another historical detective novel, featuring William Shakespeare's (fictional?) brother John. I think this is a first book - I'd like to see this become a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen | 7/6/2010

    " If you like CJ Sansom's Shardlake books you'll probably enjoy this one, I don't think the characters are as engaging or the storylines as robust but all in all a good read centred around the Elizabethan reign "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/2/2010

    " Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 6/24/2010

    " I plan to give this series another try even though I tried to skim this one book half-way through it. The historical details are informative. I learned more about the dark side of Elizabethan London. But there are too many characters and the book is longer than it needs to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/16/2010

    " Very good story. The time period was interesting. Need to make a note to get my hands on the second book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 3/14/2010

    " William Shakespeare has a brother who works for Walsingham as an intelligensier. He follows clues that lead to Catholic priests in hiding, a beautiful governess who speaks her mind, and the killer of a pregnant noble. Great plot and appropriate language for the day, without bogging down the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 3/3/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Rory Clements paints a vivid picture of Elizabethan London. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a murder mystery set in the 16th century "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/6/2010

    " A suprisingly good read. Well written with fully formed characters, a good plot and plenty of gore. He writes in very short chapters which keeps the story line positively racing along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2010

    " What I learned from this book is that I won't be rushing out to get the next one. in future I'll wait for a new Matthew Shardlake "

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About the Author
Author Rory Clements

Rory Clements has had a long and successful newspaper career, including being the features editor and associate editor of Today, editor of the Daily Mail’s Good Health pages, and editor of the health section at the Evening Standard. He now writes full time in an idyllic corner of Norfolk, England.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.