Bruno must go undercover — posing as a Jesuit priest and a Spanish emissary — to infiltrate the cabal of Catholic plotters, led by the sinister John Ballard. He must also find out who murdered one of Walsingham’s agents, his young ward Clara, who was battered to death after penetrating Ballard’s band of plotters. But who can Bruno trust in this world of agents and double agents? ... The plot twists and turns. Parris is excellent on the perils of being undercover.
Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham summons the Italian Bruno to London to infiltrate the group and thwart their plans. Parris’s attention to the details of Elizabethan life and her ability to create characters of depth are again on display in a gripping narrative.