By Rory Clements
For lovers of C J Sansom and S J Parris, THE QUEEN'S guy introduces the Queen's undercover agent John Shakespeare within the prequel to Rory Clements' acclaimed and bestselling sequence of Tudor undercover agent thrillers. Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters historic Fiction Award, 'does for Elizabeth's reign what C.J. Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times
England is a Judas nest of conspiracy
It is 1582, and the clash among Protestant and Catholic threatens to rip the rustic in . whereas Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of strength, there are these whose loyalty lies along with her imprisoned cousin, Mary Queen of Scots.
On his first significant venture for Sir Francis Walsingham, the younger John Shakespeare is ordered to find a conspiracy to unfastened the Stuart queen from Sheffield fortress. All too quickly, he realises that the tentacles of the plot succeed in deep into his local Warwickshire and threaten his personal family and friends. His responsibility lies with Elizabeth - yet how a long way will he visit defend these he loves?
About the Author:
Rory Clements is the bestselling writer of the loo Shakespeare sequence of Tudor secret agent thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's guy, persist with Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, during the darkish underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot opposed to the Queen. Rory Clements gained the Crime Writers' organization Ellis Peters historic Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A television sequence is at the moment in improvement. discover extra at www.roryclements.co.uk
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Extra info for The Queen's Man: A John Shakespeare Mystery (John Shakespeare Mystery, Book 6)
I worry my popular attraction didn't be triumphant, for he informed me he didn't drink with Walsingham spies. ’ Slide laughed. ‘I had no longer realised i used to be so conspicuous. ’ Shakespeare checked out Harry Slide heavily. He didn't think a notice he acknowledged, and but there has been whatever approximately him that warranted extra inquiry. Had he now not identified Shakespeare’s personal identify and the character of his venture? ‘Do you will have papers, Slide? a few facts of who you're? ’ Slide grimaced. ‘Mr Shakespeare, you know how Sir Francis works. i'm not more than a kennelhound to him, used to smell out traitors in go back for scraps. He doesn't grace males like me with professional papers, nor might he recognize me if I have been dropped at a courtroom of legislations within the provider of the crown. ’ ‘For a hound fed scraps, you could have a remarkably extravagant style in outfits. ’ Slide dusted his left arm along with his correct hand. ‘It is a powerful piece of tailoring, is it no longer? And truthfully it's my downfall – the explanation I adopt unsafe missions for Mr Secretary and our sovereign girl Elizabeth. If I seize a traitor, Mr Secretary pays me twenty marks or extra, after which i'll have a brand new cloak. If I deliver him intelligence pertaining to a seminary priest, i'm going to have marks in my palm. If I detect the bed room secrets and techniques of a Privy Councillor, i could have a handful of gold and my tailor will devour infrequent red meat. And so i locate myself the following in those northern wastes on a fool’s errand that may most probably yield me no longer a farthing – and my tailor must look forward to his funds another time. ’ there has been a few little attraction to this guy. Shakespeare resisted the urge to grin. ‘And so in the event you have been rebuffed via Mr Ord, what occurred subsequent? ’ ‘Why, I left him to his solitary cup of wine. ’ ‘And that's the sum of it? ’ ‘Do you are taking me for a coney, Mr Shakespeare? No, that used to be now not the sum of it. I waited outdoor after which him. He led me instantly to the home of a so much infamous recusant gentleman, Sir Bassingbourne Bole. are you aware of him? ’ Shakespeare had obvious the identify on an inventory of recognized Catholic sympathisers within the north, yet knew not anything else of the guy. He shook his head. ‘He is of little import, however it is fascinating that Buchan Ord sought him out. He stayed an hour after which left, returning to the fort. ’ ‘Could Ord be at Sir Bassingbourne’s condominium now that he has fled? ’ ‘No. ’ ‘How are you able to be so yes, Slide? ’ ‘Trust me, it's definite. ’ ‘Come,’ Shakespeare acknowledged. ‘Let us visit the Earl of Shrewsbury and spot what he makes of all this. ’ Slide shrank backwards steps. ‘I worry that isn't a very good plan. you want to understand that the earl reviles the spies despatched right here to monitor him. he'll clap me in irons. ’ Shakespeare poked his chest with the top of his sword. ‘Walk on, Mr Slide. ’ ‘Please, Mr Shakespeare, have you ever now not deduced why i'm come the following? My project is to divine the reality concerning the scandalous nightwork of the earl and the Scots Queen, to wit and to talk undeniable, are they conjoined in excitement? Do they be aware of one another carnally? ’ ‘What had Mr Ord to do with this?