Historical fiction

*BLOG TOUR* The Saracen’s Mark – S.W. Perry ★★★★

Blurb; Betrayal has many guises…

London, 1593: Five years on from the Armada and England is taking its first faltering steps towards a future as a global power. Nicholas Shelby – reluctant spy and maverick physician – and his companion Bianca Merton are settling into a life on Bankside. But in London there is always a plot afoot…

Robert Cecil, the Queen’s spymaster, once again recruits Nicholas to embark on a dangerous undercover mission that will take him to the back alleys of Marrakech in search of a missing informer. However, while Nicholas hunts for the truth across the seas, plague returns once more to London – ravaging the streets and threatening those dearest to him.

Can Bianca and Nicholas’ budding relationship weather the threats of pestilence and conspiracy? And will Nicholas survive the dangers of his mission in a hostile city to return safely home?

My Review; Yay. I am so glad to be back with this series. This is book three in the Nicholas Shelby series. Best read in order. It was lovely to be back with the gang but especially Nicholas and Bianca. Another brilliantly written story for me to stick my teeth into. It had me hooked. Will admit it took me a while to finish it. But it was worth every second. Again we see the characters placed in tough decisions and consequences due to a plague…

Will they all avoid the plague? Nicholas is sent to Marrakech but does not expect the unfriendly welcome and soon becomes suspicious that something is not right… Will he make it back to London? To Bianca?

I really hope there is more to come for this series. Fingers crossed. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend the whole series. Something different. For once can I say a happyish ending? Which makes a change from the usual death defying and risks they all take.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Serpent’s Mark – S.W. Perry ★★★★★

Blurb; Treason sleeps for no man…

London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when the queen’s spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself.

With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a dangerous world of zealots, charlatans and fanatics. As their own lives become increasingly at risk, they find themselves confronting the greatest treason of all: the spectre of a bloody war between the faiths…

My Review; I am honoured to be kicking this blog tour off! I have been so looking forward to reading this one after loving book one (The Angel’s Mark). These are best read in order as this book does relate back to book one in detail at parts throughout.

Yet again S.W. Perry has given us anothor belter and page turner of a book to read. Brilliant! I expected no less. The Serpent’s Mark brings us back to some familiar characters and places from book one. I felt so sorry for Tanners character! I still love Bianca’s and Nicholas’s characters, they’re the perfect duo. Towards the end it becomes a race against time… Gripping. Suspense filled.

I awarded a well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Brilliantly written. I cannot wait to see what comes next! Exciting.

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Historical fiction · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* The Angels Mark – SW Perry ★★★★★

Blurb; LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I’s control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country’s fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain.

When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London.

Determined to find out who is behind these terrible murders, Nicholas is joined in his investigations by Bianca, a mysterious tavern keeper. As more bodies are discovered, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot. With the killer still at large, and Bianca in terrible danger, Nicholas’s choice seems impossible – to save Bianca, or save himself…

My Review; WOW. Where do I start? Such a beautiful cover. Well I must start by admitting if I was to see this in a shop I probably wouldn’t have picked it up as it’s not what I usually read… HOWEVER, I am so so glad I got the chance to read this story cause it was bloody brilliant. I was shocked at how much I loved and enjoyed this book. I devoured it in two days and had a late night as I just had to finish it.

I was blown away to find that this was the authors debut as it was perfect! The story was told brilliantly and sets the scenes perfectly for the reader, taking them back to life in the 1950’s onwards. However, there is a murderer on loose… With the rise of bodies being found who will find the murderer? A dark story unfolds behind the murders. A few scenes I found dark but nothing too gorey! Gripping, thrilling…

The perfect historical fiction mystery! I would love to see this be turned into a film or tv series. As you can tell I am very impressed and was hooked! A real page turner. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.

I absolutely fell in love with the main characters Nicholas and Bianca especially dreamy Nicholas. The outcome of this story is one you can’t even see or guess!!! You will not be disappointed. I don’t think I will evwr be able to forget this story and I will be raving about it as much as I can.

A bloody brilliant book! A massive five fabulous stars, highly! Highly! Recommend. Lastly, a well deserved place in my top 20 reads of 2018. The Angel’s Mark will be released 6th of September and I’d suggest you pre-order or add it to your list!

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