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The Man in the Snow: A Christmas Crime (a John Shakespeare story)

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848548732

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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*****FANS OF THE EXPLOSIVE BBC TV SERIES ‘GUNPOWDER’ STARRING KIT HARRINGTON will love the bestselling John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers from Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award*****

‘[Clements] does for Elizabeth’s reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII’s’ Sunday Times


When a reluctant John Shakespeare answers a plea for help from Joshua Peace, Searcher of the Dead, a few days before Christmas, he cannot know what lies ahead. A naked man has been found in a snowdrift, a wreath of holly crowning his head and a bullet in his back. But it is no ordinary corpse. Shakespeare recognises him as Giovanni Jesu, a black man from Venice, a close associate – and some say much more – of the disgraced Earl of Oxford. Who would kill such a man and why? As all around him prepare for the festive season, Shakespeare must unravel a complex plot of passion and treachery and confront a cold-blooded murderer who will not hesitate to kill again.


Praise for the John Shakespeare series: 'Clements can be seen as doing for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's . . . What's impressive in the latest is how much of Tudor society it crams in, from the court and Derby's estate to outlaws and the soldiers in its concluding scene'
<i>Sunday Times</i>
'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forward to the next'
<i>Sunday Express</i>
'Beautifully done . . . alive and tremendously engrossing'
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>
'A colourful history lesson . . . exciting narrative twists'
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish'
This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine . . . atmospheric - the evocation of the filth and debauchery of London is quite exceptional - it demonstrates the compelling eye for detail and character that Bernard Cornwall so memorably brought to Rifleman Sharpe. I could not tear myself away, it is that good
<i>Daily Mail</i>
'There's plenty of thrills . . . the multiple plot elements are well-handled . . . there's much that's enjoyable and Clements' orchestration of the narrative is skillful'
'An engrossing thriller'
<i>Washington Post</i>
'The best yet in Rory Clements' magnificent series about John Shakespeare . . . As always, the historical detail is fascinating and sometimes delightfully obscure . . . another sumptuous feast that will leave you sated - but craving for the next helping!
'I found this the best book in the series'
<i>Historical Novels Review</i>
'A genuine page turner, and cleverly weaves in real historical events and personalities. Fans will not be disappointed'
<i>Eastern Daily Press</i>
'Intriguing . . . wonderfully graphic and descriptive. Clements richly deserves the accolade: "faster moving than C.J. Sansom'
'Clements' thrilling murder mysteries are a real cut above . . . steeped in authentic 16th-century politics, the plots are complex and clever, and the characters believable and engrossing. But his greatest gift is the ability to bring to life the squalor, intrigue and perils of Tudor London and amidst it all create a superbly tense and entertaining mystery. Roll on Mr Shakespeare's Act IV'
<i>Lancashire Evening Post</i>
'Blending fact with fiction Clements tells a rip-roaring yarn with vigour and energy and a huge enthusiasm for the period . . . a novel lacking neither action nor spice. An undeniably enjoyable and lively plot that gathers pace and excitement throughout. A devilishly good read'
<i>Crime Time</i>
'There is a veritable cornucopia of elements to praise here . . . John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths'
Barry Forshaw
'This very well-plotted, erudite, historical mystery has many twists and turns which make for a very vivid story line. A very absorbing read with a real quality, similar in style but perhaps faster moving, than books by James Forrester or C.J. Sansom. I consider it one of the best books I've read this year. I will certainly look out for more stories by this very talented writer'
'What most impressed me was Clements' ability to set a fast-paced crime thriller in the London of 1593 and to make it entirely convincing. Clements gives life to this world, not just through years of painstaking research into all things Elizabethan - from cuisine to clothing, politics to borstals, autopsies to witchcraft - but through his use of real figures from history and the manipulation of actual events. What we end up with is a scenario that is believable, and perhaps this is what makes it such an enjoyable read. Whether intentionally or no, many of the topics dealt with in this book also still resonate today and it gives acts of terrorism, for example, a longer historical context'
<i>Edinburgh Book Review</i>
'An excellent debut'
<i>Publishers Weekly</i>
Clements can be seen as doing for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's.
Sunday Times
Enjoyable, bloody and brutish.
A colourful history lesson ... exciting narrative twists.
Sunday Telegraph