Martyr / Rory Clements.

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      9780553906554 (ebook)
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      CLEMENTS, R. Martyr. [s. l.]: Bantam Books, 2009. ISBN 9780385342827. Disponível em: Acesso em: 6 abr. 2020.
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      Clements, R. (2009). Martyr. Bantam Books.
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Booklist Reviews 2009 May #2

"John Shakespeare, assistant to Queen Elizabeth's secretary, Walsingham, has his hands full in this impressive debut novel. The year is 1587. One of Queen Elizabeth's cousins is found murdered, her body brutally defaced with profane symbols. In addition, a plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake, England's celebrated naval warrior, surfaces. Religious and political tensions are high, with the persecution of Catholics and Mary Queen of Scots in prison awaiting execution. Shakespeare's rival, the queen's chief torturer, Topcliffe, is eager to see him fail so that he can claim the glory. With a little help from his playwright brother,Will, and a motley crew of actors, John travels through London's underworld of spies, prostitutes, and sorcerers to uncover a conspiracy with horrible implications. He must move quickly to avoid becoming a victim himself. Rory Clements brings sixteenth-century London to life in this well-plotted historical mystery. With Elizabeth I enjoying a twenty-first-century renaissance, this one could attract a large audience." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2009 January #1

John Shakespeare, the queen's chief intelligencer, must protect famed naval commander Francis Drake, but the murder of an upper-class young woman proves a dangerous distraction. Debut author Clements is at work on his next Shakespeare thriller in Norfolk, England. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2009 May #2

John Shakespeare (elder brother of William) is an investigator for Secretary Walsingham in the service of Queen Elizabeth I, and his first case takes place in the months surrounding the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada. As Jesuits sneak into England and Romish priests offer secret Catholic services, Shakespeare must find Lady Blanche Howard's killer and protect Sir Francis Drake from a clever and deadly Spanish assassin. This debut historical thriller, peopled equally with real and fictional characters, is longer than most historicals, and the number of details, characters, and events may turn off more traditional mystery readers. However, fans of historicals should be more than satisfied with the well-paced plot and complex story. Recommend for readers who liked Marie Brennan's recent historical fantasy, Midnight Never Comes, also about Elizabethan politics and the court, or Karen Harper's Queen Elizabeth mystery series (Poyson Garden). [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/09.]—Jessica Moyer, Coll. of Education & Human Development., Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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PW Reviews 2009 March #3

William Shakespeare's older brother, John, plays sleuth in Clements's excellent debut, billed as an Elizabethan thriller. While Queen Elizabeth hesitates to sign the death warrant for Mary, Queen of Scots, her spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, fears the Spanish have sent an assassin to England to kill the country's greatest naval hero, Sir Francis Drake. John, Walsingham's "assistant secretary and chief intelligencer," suspects the conspiracy against Drake may be connected with a murder John's investigating—the stabbing death of Lady Blanche Howard, whose mutilated corpse was found in a burning London building. His inquiries put him at odds with Richard Topcliffe, a fanatical servant of the queen known for his taste for torture and anti-Catholic zeal, who threatens to expose John's father's secret Catholic sympathies. The characters, action and period detail are all solid, though some may wish the end notes had provided information on the historical John Shakespeare. (May)

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