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The Angel's Mark: This bestseller is perfect for fans of CJ Sansom, Rory Clements and S. J. Parris. by S. W. Perry

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Published: 06 September 2018 by Corvus



LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country's fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain.

When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London.

Determined to find out who is behind these terrible murders, Nicholas is joined in his investigations by Bianca, a mysterious tavern keeper. As more bodies are discovered, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot. With the killer still at large, and Bianca in terrible danger, Nicholas's choice seems impossible - to save Bianca, or save himself...


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Flowing Plot

This is a well plotted Elizabethan "detective" thriller.

Nicholas Selby wonders about the marks he sees on a dead body during an autopsy. His interest is further heightened when another body is pulled from the river with the same marks. Will anyone listen to what he has to say or will they disregard him as his life crumbles around him?

I really enjoyed this book. It is a bit different from the run of the mill. Nicholas Selby is a physician with a general practice, a wife and a baby on the way. Consequently quite a lot of the evidence and story are based around the practicalities and study of medicine in Elizabethan England. I know a little about this and what I knew fitted in well with the story. It seemed to have been well researched with plenty of historical context and background.

There are several supporting characters who fitted in well with the class structure of the day. The heirarchy of the court, medics and down to the street people was well researched and the author used these to great effect within the story.

As a detective story it was well written. There is plenty going on to keep the story moving along although I wouldn't call it a book full of action.

I would very much like to read another book with Nicholas Selby - I do hope that the author is planning a series.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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