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For enthusiasts of CJ Sansom and SJ Parris, Holy Spy beneficial properties the Queen’s Intelligencer John Shakespeare within the most up-to-date of Rory Clements’s acclaimed and bestselling sequence of Tudor secret agent thrillers
In London’s smoky taverns, a conspiracy is brewing: a bunch of rich younger Catholic dissidents plot to assassinate Elizabeth, unfastened Mary Queen of Scots—and open England to Spanish invasion. however the conspirators were infiltrated by way of Sir Francis Walsingham’s most sensible intelligencer, John Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, besides the fact that, is torn: the girl he loves stands accused of homicide. In a determined race opposed to time he needs to keep her from the noose and the world from treachery. after which it dawns that either investigations are inextricably linked—by corruption very with regards to the seat of power…
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She tried to chuckle back, yet this time it was once extra a gentle tinkle than the cackle of ahead of. ‘Now, you requested me approximately enemies . . . ’ ‘One guy specifically pursuits me, although there is others. a guy referred to as slicing Ball. ’ ‘Oh certain, we have now heard of him, haven’t we, Arthur? Abigail? Is he now not a Robin Hood or Jack Cade? ’ Shakespeare studied the lady’s maid. She was once a remarkably well-favoured lady with milkmaid pores and skin and massive breasts. How may she have gotten on with Kat? Shakespeare attempted to visualize the 2 of them jointly; mistress and maid. one way or the other it didn’t paintings. ‘There are fascinating stories instructed of his exploits, mistress,’ Abigail acknowledged. ‘I have heard that males usually recognize him. ’ How had slicing Ball develop into a people hero? ‘There is not anything valiant approximately Mr Ball. He doesn't thieve from the wealthy to aid the bad; nor does he search to enhance the lot of the labouring guy. He steals from each person to complement himself and he murders and maims those that stand in his approach. ’ there has been silence within the room and Shakespeare realised he had published himself a bit too sincerely. He checked out the lady within the mattress. She was once turning into drowsy, yet there has been anything in her eye that advised him she was once twiddling with him. She knew rather well who slicing Ball was once and what he did. after which it struck him: she used to be no longer easily the doddering matriarch of this kinfolk. She used to be the very middle of its buying and selling empire. If the Giltspurs had ever paid cash to slicing Ball to guard their ships from his malicious attentions, then she knew all approximately it. She knew every thing. Arthur’s father and uncle had no longer equipped the clan’s nice riches; they'd simply labored for his or her mom, performed her bidding, been the general public face. Mistress Giltspur – Grandame – was once the facility during this loved ones. ‘Ma’am,’ he stated. ‘I might worth your opinion. Do you think your daughter-in-law paid Will Cane to homicide your son? ’ Her respiring used to be extra said, virtually a snore. a number of phrases appeared to break out her lips, yet Shakespeare may possibly rarely parent them. ‘She might be asleep any moment,’ Giltspur stated. ‘I imagine your wondering is at an finish, Mr Shakespeare. ’ ‘Did she say anything? i couldn't trap the phrases. ’ Arthur Giltspur smiled. ‘You gets not anything extra from her now. whilst she is wide awake she is generally lucid. yet then the laudanum performs video games along with her . . . ’ He paused. ‘She wishes the diamond. occasionally she sleeps with it. She says it brings her convenience. ’ ‘The Giltspur Diamond? ’ ‘It is legendary, i believe. an extraordinary piece. A diamond of 1 hundred carats, introduced from the Africas. It hangs because the centrepiece of a necklet. ’ ‘Is it right here together with her now? ’ Giltspur affected a wondered expression. ‘Your questions cross in extraordinary ordinary instructions, sir. She both has it along with her or it's locked away within the strongroom. it truly is hers, so i do know now not. ’ For a number of seconds extra, Shakespeare gazed upon the traditional, coated face and notion he observed the gorgeous younger lady whom nice Henry had held in his lethal palms. He imagined her donning her nice diamond approximately her neck, its brilliance catching the sunshine and wonderful all eyes.