Thursday 23 February 2017

Incendium - A.D.Swanston

Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave - and as Leicester's chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad.

But Radcliff's own life is far from orderly. His relationship with the widow Katherine Allingham is somewhat turbulent and the cut-throat world of court politics leaves no room for indiscretions. 
That the queen's own cousin, the Duke of Norfolk, is found guilty of treason, it is a sign of just how deep the dissent goes. Jesuit priests have been sent to England in order to foment revolt but the threat of a Catholic uprising comes not just from within. Across the channel, France is caught up in a frenzy of brutal religious persecution and England's other enemy of old, Spain, is making preparations to invade. England is a powder-keg, just waiting for a spark to ignite it - and then Christopher Radcliff hears word of a plot that could provide that spark. The word is 'incendium' - but what does it mean and who lies behind it? Suddenly Christopher Radcliff is caught up in a race against time... 

My thoughts:
I have said it before, but historical mysteries really fit me. They have to work so hard to find anything, in a good way.

In this one Radcliffe, a lawyer works for the Earl of Leicester. And there is a plot afoot. Does someone want to kill the queen? Who can be trusted? Tensions between Catholics and the rest are rising. France is making moves, Spain is making moves. And Radcliffe is meant to try to figure out what is going on, and then there is the word, Incendium. 

Who was behind it. Oh I could not guess hidden players. But I enjoyed reading about it and him finding out more. His hidden agents, the help he got from the woman he loved. It does take more than just one man looking through London so solve this mystery,

The book felt light too and I read it fast, I wanted to know what would happen. Well obviously I knew what would happen, but you know, what would happen to all who I had started to like too.

A good mystery, a nice little thriller. Great historical setting too.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Bantam Press
Christopher Radcliff #1
Historical mystery
For review


  1. Looks like you're finding a lot of good books to read lately!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  2. Sounds good - I do love historical mysteries.

  3. The cover is so cool. Historical mysteries are hit and miss for me, but this sounds like one I would like.

  4. Glad you enjoyed it. Not my cup of tea! ;-)

  5. This was new for me but sounded good. Only minus for Elizabethan era. That's not my fav era...

  6. Not my usual genre, but it sounds good.

  7. Historical mysteries really fit me too, I wish I had more time for them. I love the setting and stories that take place in England in this era too.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I get that, I read so many genres that I often feel I want more of one

  8. I like when I can't guess the hidden players :)

  9. Sounds like a winner for you.

  10. it's nice to find a book like that

  11. oh it feels like forever since I read a historical mystery. at 400 pages and fast light read? must have been quite exciting. I'll have to check it out

  12. I do like historical mysteries. fun to watch. But I would miss Google. lol

  13. This one sounds good and this is a genre I don't make enough time for, I enjoy historical mysteries too.



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