The second book in S. J. Parris's bestselling, critically acclaimed series following Giordano Bruno, set at the time of Queen Elizabeth I
Autumn, 1583. Under Elizabeth's rule, loyalty is bought with blood...
An astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Queen Elizabeth's throne is in peril. As Mary Stuart's supporters scheme to usurp the rightful monarch, a young maid of honour is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh.
The Queen's spymaster, Francis Walsingham, calls on maverick agent Giordano Bruno to infiltrate the plotters and secure the evidence that will condemn them to death.
Bruno is cunning, but so are his enemies. His identity could be exposed at any moment. The proof he seeks is within his grasp. But the young woman's murder could point to an even more sinister truth...
Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Hilary Mantel
Praise for S. J. Parris
'A delicious blend of history and thriller' The Times
'An omnipresent sense of danger' 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
'Pacy, intricate, and thrilling' Observer
'Vivid, sprawling ... Well-crafted, exuberant' Financial Times
'Impossible to resist' Daily Telegraph
'Twists and turns like a corkscrew of venomous snakes' Stuart MacBride
'It has everything - intrigue, mystery and excellent history' Kate Mosse
'The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping' Conn Iggulden
'A brilliantly unusual glimpse at the intrigues surrounding Queen Elizabeth I' Andrew Taylor
"Rich in both historical detail and ingenious twists' Sam Bourne (bestselling author of The Righteous Men)
- Paperback | 448 pages
- 129 x 198 x 28mm | 310g
- 18 Aug 2011
- HarperCollins Publishers
- HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
01 Jan 2003
13 Oct 2016
'Parris writes with confident ease of Tudor London ... The dialogue balances nicely on a tightrope of period phrases and cut-to-the-chase colloquialisms. More, please' The Times
'Parris's plot is well crafted and full of surprises, an imaginatively satisfying addition to the many real intrigues surrounding the imprisoned Mary Stuart and the threats to Elizabeth's security' TLS
'Tense and lively, a welcome follow-up to Heresy, fully living up to its predecessor's promise' Daily Mail
Praise for Heresy:
'Heresy has everything - intrigue, mystery, excellent history and haunting sense of place. The beginning of a wonderful new detective series' Kate Mosse
'Fascinating ... The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping' Conn Iggulden (bestselling author of Bones of the Hills and The Dangerous Book for Boys)
'Heresy is a riveting read. Rich in both historical detail and ingenious twists, S. J. Parris has created a character in Giordano Bruno that will endure. A true rival to C. J. Sansom' Sam Bourne (bestselling author of The Righteous Men)
'Parris paces her yarn perfectly' Daily Telegraph
About S. J. Parris
Stephanie has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television. She has also written the contemporary psychological thriller While You Sleep under her own name. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian, and lives in Surrey with her son.