February's Killer Review title is: Heresy by S. J. Parris

Category: Reviews

Oxford, 1583. A place of learning. And murderous schemes.

 England is rife with plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and return the country to the Catholic faith. Defending the realm through his network of agents, the Queen’s spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham works tirelessly to hunt down all traitors.

 His latest recruit is Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, who is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy. But he has his own secret mission at the University – one that must remain hidden at all costs.

 When a series of hideous murders ruptures close-knit college life, Bruno is compelled to investigate. And what he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake…

A gripping, atmospheric Tudor crime novel with a conspiracy twist – by an author who knows her history as well as how to keep the pages turning. To be considered as a reviewer, simply email killer.reviews@harpercollins.co.uk

And the winners are…

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killerreadsadventcalendarIn December we ran our Killer Christmas Advent Calendar competition! With a fantastic prize behind each door, we had hundreds of entries and we are now pleased to announce the winners! Your prizes are on the way to you now!

1. A collection of no less than SIX Stuart MacBride books, including a proof of his latest Birthdays of the Dead, is on the way to Mark Silver!

2. Stephanie Parker, Claire Barker and Ellen Stafford will all be sipping from their Sorry branded mugs as they turn the pages of this terrifying thriller

3. With a brilliant selection of our up-and-coming crime releases of 2012, Lucinda Fountain will be in the know this year

4. A signed, first-edition of Absolute Midnight will take pride of place on Debra Johnson‘s bookshelf

5. As will the signed copies of House of the Hanged that are on their way to Christine Burridge and Elaine Huxstep

6. Laura Starling and Andrew Tedder will be on the edge of their seats with Michael Crichton’s latest techno-thriller Micro

7. Mark Richmond, Barbara Chambers, Solange Thomas, Maggie Barker, Nathan Holden and Sajad Farid will be kept up way into the night with Dean Koontz’s twist on the Frankenstein classic

8. Surely one of this year’s most gifted presents, the first four specially released hardbacks of the Game of Thrones series will be proudly owned by Robert Turpin

9. A signed edition of this historical crime classic Heresy featuring none other than Giordano Bruno goes out to Wilma Jones and Jane Willis

10. Holly Green will have nightmares for weeks with a selection of Avon’s best (and scariest) crime reads

And last but not least….

11. Gillian Phillips will receive a gift from the Queen of Crime herself, with six Agatha Christie facsimile edition hardbacks.

Furthermore, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that we never gave away a twelfth prize! Well, now’s your opportunity. To be in for a chance to win our mystery prize (a collection of books snaffled from various desks around the building), then please email your answer to this question to killerreadscomp@harpercollins.co.uk

 

Which Scandi-crime author sets her books in Fjallbacka?

 

Competition closes on Friday at midnight, so get entering now!

Heresy

Category: Books

England, 1583

A country awash with paranoia and conspiracy – but a safe haven for a radical monk on the run. Giordano Bruno, with his theories of astronomy and extraterrestrial life, has fled the Inquisition for the court of Elizabeth I. Here, he attracts the attention of Francis Walsingham, chief spymaster and sworn enemy of Catholic plotters.

Bruno is sent undercover to Oxford, where the university is believed by many to be a hotbed of Catholic dissent. And where he privately hopes to locate an ancient manuscript rumoured to contain secrets so powerful it could destroy the Christian church.

Before long he’s drawn into college intrigues, and distracted by a beautiful woman. But close-knit college life is rocked by a hideous series of murders, linked by clues suggesting the victims were guilty of heretical practices. Stalking a cunning and determined killer through the shadowy cloisters of Oxford, Bruno realizes that even the wise cannot always tell truth from heresy. Some, though, are prepared to kill for it…

Read an extract from Heresy