Thursday, October 3, 2013

LEANN'S REVIEW: Prince (Rory Clements) John Shakespeare #3

Title: Prince

Author: Rory Clements

Series: John Shakespeare Mystery

Publisher:  Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins

Format: ARC

ISBN13: 9780062301925


It is spring 1593 at the opening of PRINCE (Witness Impulse e-book, on sale 10/1/2013, $2.99), the third in the bestselling Shakespeare Murder Mystery series, which follows the award nominated Martyr and award winning Revenger. England is a powder keg of rumor and fear. Plague rages, famine is rife, the aging Queen’s couriers scheme—Elizabeth’s Golden Age is truly tarnished. Meanwhile Spain watches and waits – and plots.  Amongst the bedlam, a small cart clatters through the streets of London and little does John Shakespeare know that this cart is the ignition of a wave of horrific bombings that will change his life forever.


Out for vengeance at any cost, Shakespeare’s investigations will take him from magnificent royal horseraces to the opulent chambers of Black Luce’s brothel, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe and to the splintering timbers of an explosive encounter at sea. As he unwinds intricate layers of mystery and deception, he discovers a plot that threatens not only the kingdom but everything he holds dear.


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About the AuthorAfter a career in national newspapers, Rory Clements now lives in a seventeenth-century farmhouse in Norfolk and writes full time.
About Witness:  Witness is the new Impulse imprint from HarperCollins Publishers devoted to thrillers, mysteries, and stories of suspense. Debuting in Fall 2013, Witness will serve as a launch pad for a range of exciting titles, including new publications, previously self-published bestsellers, newly digitized backlist classics, and international books previously unavailable in the US.  For more on this and other Witness titles, please visit, or contact Danielle Bartlett at


This review is very hard for me to write. I had a very had time getting into this book at first. I had not read the previous two installments, which could have accounted for this. Still this book seemed to lack something I later realized was the action. It picked up a little after half way through.

 I really enjoy reading about this time era. I really enjoy Queen Elizabeth's story as a whole. So I was excited to find out that this book took place during this time. I was even more excited that the author brought this fiction to life around historical events. It is always fun to read things like this. I did enjoy the mystery and the complexity of the story. It definitely held depth.

So overall the story line was great, but once the action picked up it was a real page turner. The author did well with all the historical references. I enjoyed the read. I might even consider reading the previous installments.




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