Venetian mariners, a disguised cardinal, the playwright Christopher Marlowe and a devotee of trepanation all take their place in a satisfyingly convoluted plot. Writers of thrillers set in 16th-century England work in the shadow of CJ Sansom, but Perry largely escapes it.
The Book of Science and Antiquities
"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5