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“I think I will just go and check on the horse,” I said quickly, pulling my boots back on. Poor Sophia–this was one of the hardest parts about her disguise, and one most likely to betray her I thought–that she could not piss like a man.

Author: S. J. Parris

Genre: Historical Mystery

Rating: LI


A gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century England and centered on the highly secretive cult of Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral.

London, summer of 1584: Radical philosopher, ex-monk, and spy Giordano Bruno suspects he is being followed by an old enemy. He is shocked to discover that his pursuer is in fact Sophia Underhill, a young woman with whom he was once in love. When Bruno learns that Sophia has been accused of murdering her husband, a prominent magistrate in Canterbury, he agrees to do anything he can to help clear her name.

In the city that was once England’s greatest center of pilgrimage, Bruno begins to uncover unsuspected secrets that point to the dead man being part of a larger and more dangerous plot in the making. He must turn his detective’s eye on history—on Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral, and on the legend surrounding the disappearance of his body—in order to solve the crime.

As Bruno’s feelings for Sophia grow more intense, so does his fear that another murder is about to take place—perhaps his own. But more than Bruno’s life is at stake in this vividly rendered, impeccably researched, and addictively page-turning whodunit—the stability of the kingdom hangs in the balance as Bruno hunts down a brutal murderer in the shadows of England’s most ancient cathedral.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: When will men learn that the most dangerous women are beautiful? I don’t get it! I digress. This is third book in this series. I have had this book for a while, but I forgot about it. I was cleaning up the library and found it on my shelf.

The murders in this book were positively diabolical! I’ve always been aware of the fact that people would manipulate religion in order to get power, but these men took it farther than I thought possible. I mean trying to conjure miracles? Kind of crazy. I didn’t see the motive right away for the various murders and disappearances. Actually I wouldn’t have figured it out unless Bruno revealed it. Then there was the murder of Sophia’s husband. I totally overlooked a pretty obvious suspect. You know if it weren’t for that darned glove; the murderous plot would have been perfect. Once more of the victim’s background came out, it seemed more justice than anything that he was killed.

Oh Bruno! Men always go after the once thing they can’t have and shouldn’t want. I’m not sure I’ll ever figure that one out. Eventually there needs to be. Show down between he and Sophia.

This one was a slow read; not tht this is a bad thing. You just have to read it carefully.


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