I am thrilled today to be on the blog tour for The Angel’s Mark. Many thanks to Anne of Random Things Tours and Corvus books for having me on the tour.
Blurb: 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 spirited tavern keeper. But when their inquiries lead them to the fearsome attentions of the powerful Robert Cecil, Nicholas is forced into playing to Cecil’s agenda, and becoming a spy…
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…
My Review: I enjoy reading historical crime and have read books set in various time periods but, for me, the stand out books set prior to the 19th Century are those of Paul Doherty and his Brother Athelstan series. They are absolutely stunning in their detail and story-telling so anything else from pre 1800 is automatically compared to those and most books don’t match up. This one, however, came very, very close.
This is an excellent story of one man and his journey through Elizabethan London, dealing with his own personal challenges and also those of living in such an un-trusting time. The perils of being living in that time came across really clearly. Basically if someone didn’t like you they could make accusations and even though you were innocent you wouldn’t be believed, there was so much doubt and mistrust then.
The other thing that comes across really well, that some authors struggle with, is the descriptions. The author really brings the city to life and you can almost hear and smell the sounds of everyday living. This level of rich descriptiveness from what I believe is a debut author is amazing and I haven’t even mentioned the characters yet. I loved the characters, particularly Nicholas for whom I have a soft spot now. He deals with so much and his journey is so well written that it just makes you root for him the whole way through.
This is a brilliant read and I genuinely want to see more from this author. My only question is when???
About the author:
S. W. Perry was a journalist and broadcaster before retraining as an airline pilot. He lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two spaniels.