MYSTERY

Traitor's Storm: A Tudor Mystery Featuring Christopher Marlowe

Crème de la Crime: Severn House. Aug. 2014. 220p. ISBN 9781780290621. $28.95. M
COPY ISBN
OrangeReviewStarThe enmity between Spain and England reached a crescendo in 1588, the year the Spanish Armada attempted to attack English shores. For Christopher Marlowe and his fellow spies, these are the nervous weeks before the real confrontation. No one is to be trusted, and an intelligencer has gone missing on England's key watch point, the Isle of Wight. Sir Francis Walsingham sends Marlowe over to investigate. Once there, Marlowe wonders about the sanity of the locals. The governor behaves oddly, his wife is an unabashed adulteress, and the pirate industry is thriving. Meanwhile, tension builds as sailors, both British and Spanish, curse the weather and pray for wind.
VERDICT Trow successfully combines adventure, wit, and history (and, yes, a mystery) in this winning historical series featuring the real-life playwright in his undercover role as an intelligencer for Queen Elizabeth I. The dashing spy makes it all look so easy. This entry (number six after Crimson Rose) is particularly engaging and would be no problem for readers new to the series.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

Community matters. Stay up to date on breaking news, trends, reviews, and more.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month