Summer, 1585 As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip s American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth Giordano Bruno, radicalSummer, 1585 As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip s American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake s departure Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission and he wants Bruno to go too But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap And when Drake s young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry.
Treachery Summer As English ships are held captive in Spain fear mounts of an Invincible Armada built by King Philip II and intended to invade English shores Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an

  • Title: Treachery
  • Author: S.J. Parris
  • ISBN: 9780007481194
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Treachery”

    1. I never buy books based upon the cover art but I made the exception for this one: I have a soft spot for Griffins, just look at the cover. However, the Griffin has very little to do with the book. The book is set in England and that is the only relation between the two. I really should have read the blurb before I bought this. This is a murder mystery set in Elizabethan England in which Bruno, the protagonist, is sent to uncover the murderer, so no Griffins at all. But that, of course, isn’t t [...]

    2. This is a great and entertaining historic read. It is the 4th in the series of Giordano Bruno, fugitive Italian monk, free-thinking philosopher, writer and heretic turned spy, working for Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walsingham. Better than the previous one, book 3, which kind of annoyed me, especially the love interest part of the story, whereas the setting, Canterbury was great.This story is better for me. It's about Sir Francis Drake, preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish, wh [...]

    3. The hero runs around accusing various Elizabethans of having done it guv. It's starts off brightly but sadly deflates with each blind alley.

    4. Sir Francis Drake's fleet assembles in Plymouth, its intent to sail to the New World to plunder Spanish holdings and disrupt Spain's ability to invade England. But when one of Drake's officers is found hanging in his cabin, plans are delayed. The death looks like suicide; a grievous sin that would ruin the man's family. However, Drake suspects he was murdered, which is even worse. It can only have been one of his trusted advisers - but who, and why? He cannot set sail for months, and into enemy [...]

    5. I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this on . Providence indeed for this proved to be a rich and talented story that tells of a murder aboard Francis Drake's ship as it waits in the harbour of Plymouth to set sail around the world.The reader is thrust into the seedy dwellings and streets of Elizabethan Plymouth with such accomplishment that one can smell the stench and feel the depravity that existed there. This added to the variety and originality of the story's intriguing characters produc [...]

    6. Giordano Bruno, philosopher and spy for Queen Elizabeth, travels to Plymouth on a diplomatic mission and finds himself caught up in a murder. The victim is a sailor on Sir Francis Drake's ship, but as Bruno investigates, he uncovers more than one motive for the killing, and reveals a possible conspiracy to undermine Drake's whole expedition.This is a gripping historical thriller, with an engrossing plot, full of twists and turns, so that there are multiple possibilities for the resolution of the [...]

    7. Honest, by the numbers, historical fiction. Somebody gets murdered, a few ruffs get ruffled, and an opportunity presents itself to take a trip through Tudor England. If the above sounds cynical, then it's not meant to be. Giordano Bruno is certainly one of the more interesting 'historical' characters to feature in these types of novels, and he certainly has his work cut out for him whilst investigating skulduggery in Tudor Plymouth. As much as I enjoyed reading this, Treachery did present a few [...]

    8. All good things come to those who wait,and the extra wait for the new Giordano Bruno only made the arrival of Treachery even more exciting then usual,add to that over 500 pages and the excitement goes through the roof,now sometimes when you get over 400 pages it can become a bit of a marathon,but i am glad to say this had me page turning well into the early hours of the morning and by the end i could have gone another 500 with Bruno.Not only do we get a quality Historical Novel but on top of tha [...]

    9. I absolutely loved this one. This has to be my favourite installment in the series so far and I think this is in part because everyone has a secret that they want to hide. And Toby and Sam both stole my heart a little bit. This one is full of twists and turns although with my knowledge of Elizabethan History I can't help but wonder whether this would have been the perfect place to end the series. Definitely recommend it.

    10. I wasn't disappointed with this this book. Well written as always from S J Parris and a cracker of a story that kept me up way passed midnight on a few nights despite having a stinking cold and really needing to sleep! There were enough twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout. It's been a while since I've finished a book so quickly.

    11. Another entertaining romp this time through Drake's fleet and Plymouth. The usual suspects and the attention to authentic detail that makes this series better than the run of the mill historical myteries.

    12. Following my review on the first three books of this series, 'Heresy', 'Prophesy' and 'Sacrilege', this fourth book is set in Plymouth in 1585 where Giordano Bruno agrees to investigate a murder that occurred on Sir Francis Drake's ship whilst preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish.This story corresponds with real history, when war had already been declared by Phillip II of Spain after the Treaty of Nonsuch in which Elizabeth I had offered her support to the rebellious Prote [...]

    13. I quite liked this as a stand alone, although there were a few references to past adventures which left me guessing. Also it was sent on or about Drake's fleet in Plymouth and I'm afraid Elizabethean naval practices aren't my strong point so again I just had to go with the flow. But there were times when our anti/hero become a sort of Elizabethean Marvel superhero which left me cold, talk about over egg the pudding a bit, I thought Drake was supposed to be Errol Flynn. There were some intelligen [...]

    14. An excellent read akin to Stephen Saylor's Gordianus the Finder series. The style is similar as the the premise. However, rather than a murder mystery in Roman times it is set in Elizabethan England. The author conveys a great sense of the period with its slums at one end of society and nobility at the other. Treachery is set in Portsmouth with Sir Francis Drake about to lead an expedition to the New World for plunder. However a suicide on board requires investigating and Bruno, an Italian philo [...]

    15. This book takes Bruno off to Plymouth, where he gets chummy with the heroic Sir Francis Drake, who has been delayed in setting sail with his fleet because of an apparent suicide on board the flag ship. The story twists and turns and it looks like there will be no easy solution to the scheming. Drake also has a forbidden book from the Vatican in his possession, which attracts interest from more than just Bruno. Eventually the story takes a really dramatic turn, with Bruno sent to rescue a lady in [...]

    16. I am a big fan of S J Parrris and her wonderful character Giordano Bruno usually, but I was less keen on this book. It has taken me several attempts to get going with this book and I could not seem to get into it as fully as her earlier works.I thought the premise of the story was good, but somehow I just felt a bit bored and it seemed to go on a little longer than necessary.However, I am still a big fan and have Conspiracy on Audio to get to next. Then I will be as up-to-date with this series a [...]

    17. Enjoyable is what wordy read. Interesting period of time, an almost lawless time, characters and situations expertly detailed the vulnerability of those times. As a murder mystery it was enthralling, so little science or knowledge to provide empirical evidence, every one has secrets but did those secrets result in murder. I've not read anything of this author before, nor this series, if I was in the mood for a solid deep read I would certainly look for a similar title.

    18. Very enjoyable historical fiction from this author. Once again Giordano Bruno and his friend Sir Philip Sidney are involved in extreme danger as they investigate a murder on board Sir Francis Drake's ship. This time the book is set in Plymouth and the author manages to bring the port area and the ships to life with her vivid descriptions.

    19. Not my usual genre but a book club read from local library - a long drawn out story set in Elizabethan England - Sir Frances Drake has had a suicide on board one of his ships - on comes Giordano Bruno who sets out to decide whether it was in fact murder. Unfortunately as it was the 4th book I didn't know the history of Bruno and it does refer to his previous escapades quite a lot

    20. I just really love this series. It's mystery, thriller, historical fiction, all my favorite genres. It was difficult to find books #4 and #5 here in the US. I'm assuming they were only published overseas. In my opinion this series is just as good as C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series!

    21. I found this book to be more than a little boring. The constant changing of suspect instead of a steady progress of finding the right evadence instead of going of Willy hilly would have been better. Her other books in this series were better. Let's have hope for the next.

    22. cleverly written. didn't need to have read the first three to follow the plot but will be interesting to do so now I know the characters. hard to put down!

    23. Good readGood historical novel kept me engrossed up to the last page, it has some twists along the way completely from start to finish.

    24. The best in the series so far. The Giordano Bruno books just get better and better. Historical fiction and a darned good whodunnit all rolled into one. What's not to like?

    25. I love this series of books and book 4 doesn't disappoint with another gripping Bruno mystery with period hero's murder, spying and ultimately treachery of the highest order. Worthy of 5 stars!

    26. A cracking talePossibly the best Bruno story yet. Thoroughly enjoyable. An excellent story well told. Looking forward to the next one. David

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