Longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Historical Fiction Dagger, 2019
A Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommended Read 2019
'Rich, intelligent and dark in equal measure, leaving you wrung out with terror. Historical fiction at its most sumptuous.' Rory Clements
Heresy. Conspiracy. Murder...
London, 1590: Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars, Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering.
And a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London...
Idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby becomes determined to end these terrible murders. Joined in his investigations by Bianca, a beautiful but mysterious tavern keeper, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot.
With the killer still at large, Bianca finds herself in terrible danger. Nicholas's choice seems impossible - to save Bianca, or save himself...
'Wonderful! Perry's Elizabethan London is so skilfully evoked, so real that one can almost smell it.' Giles Kristian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
S. W. Perry’s atmospheric debut transports us to the sordid streets of Elizabethan London, a world gripped by paranoia over heresy, conspiracy plots and the potential threat of invasion. Amidst this turbulent landscape we meet Nicholas Shelby, an expectant father and physician, who is sure that a young boy whose body was pulled out of the Thames was murdered. The only person who believes him, however, is Bianca, the owner of a local tavern. But when more bodies with similar markings appear all over the city, they take the investigation into their own hands. As the pair navigate the dark underside of 16th-century England, The Angel’s Mark quickly evolves into a skilfully plotted thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
The angels mark
Just as gripping as DJ sans on books
The Heart of the Matter
This is not just a good crime story but a convincing description of Elizabethan England where faith and cruelty marched hand in hand, something we still see today. Perry is one of many writers bringing to life Tudor and Stuart England and while he does not have the heft of Sansome his books are worth every minute of the time taken to read them.
The Angel,s Mark
Good read,strong story line , well described to the point I could smell the streets of London. Singapore 47