Synopses & Reviews
Christopher Marlowe tackles his most baffling case yet.
June, 1589. Now a feted poet and playwright, Kit Marlowe is visiting his family in Canterbury. But it's not the happy homecoming he had hoped for. A long-standing family friend has been found dead in her bed, killed by several blows to the head. Convinced that the wrong person has been found guilty of the crime, Marlowe determines to uncover the truth.
What did the dead woman mean when she spoke of 'owning the whole world'? If Marlowe could discover what she had in her possession, he would be one step closer to catching her killer. And why is the Queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, taking such an interest in the investigation?
"Trow's seventh whodunit featuring playwright and intelligencer Kit Marlowe (after 2014's Traitor's Storm) opens on a stirring note with the siege of Malta in 1565, then flashes forward 24 years to Canterbury, England, where Kit is on a family visit. Street rumors lead Kit to the home of Jane Benchkyne, whose mother once employed Kit's mother as a servant, and whose maid, Alice Snow, found Jane dead in her bed. Kit's father, John Marley, the local constable, insists that the death was an accident, but it's clear to the writer that someone repeatedly struck Jane and shattered her skull. The action takes an unexpected turn after the deceased's will reveals that she's left all her worldly goods, including her house and its contents, to Alice. Later, Kit's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, involves him in a case involving the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whose strong room was burgled and an odd artifact stolen. Trow makes the political intrigue of the time palpable. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Trow makes the political intrigue of the time palpable" Publishers Weekly
"Trow once again delivers an engaging tale filled with a tangible sense of the history, and good-hearted hero. A top-notch read" Booklist Starred Review
June, 1589. Now a famous playwright, Kit Marlowe is visiting his family in Canterbury. But it's not the happy homecoming he had anticipated. A long-standing family friend has been found dead in her bed, killed by several blows to the head. Convinced the wrong person has been found guilty of the crime, Marlowe determines to uncover the truth.
About the Author
M J Trow is a military historian by training and the author of the long-running Inspector Lestrade and 'Mad Max' Maxwell detective series, as well as several non-fiction books, including Who Killed Kit Marlowe? He lives on the Isle of Wight.