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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Parris Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giordano Bruno Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • Parris interweaves historical fact with psychological insight as Bruno, a humanist dangerously ahead of his time, begins his quest to light the fire of enlightenment in Europe. Publishers Weekly, starred review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelleandderek Nakagawa | 2/13/2014

    " Fantastic read, with great adventure and likeable characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trina | 1/19/2014

    " Loved it! The central character, Bruno, is an enigmatic and intriguing sleuth in this Elizabethan murder mystery that has some great twists and turns and a finale that has you holding your breath until almost the very end. Can't wait for the next installment! One word of warning though, I would read the preceding books first as I think you get a better sense of Bruno's background and character from them, which I didn't feel came out sufficiently in Sacrilege. Don't get me wrong, it's fine as a standalone read, but I found it all the more enjoyable from having read about his two previous adventures, especially given the act that we once again meet the recalcitrant Sophia again. I have to confess I finished the book thinking, ah, Bruno, when will you learn... But all the while eagerly looking forward to their next (I hope inevitable) encounter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corky | 1/7/2014

    " Okay, by mistake I read this book before I read the others. I didn't realize it was part of a series until I had started it. So, I thought I would read a few pages just to see if I'd like it and if so, I'd read the other books first. Then, once I started it - I couldn't put it down. (I just hope it won't ruin books 1 and 2 for me.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rene Spector | 12/28/2013

    " My least favorite of the three so far, Bruno was flat and a little pathetic and I was quite bored throughout the whopping 425 pages. The author's style did not shine, the twists were predictable and the scenery, although wordy, did not penetrate for me. I'm not even slightly interested in reading about his escapades to come in Paris, which is sad. :( "

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