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Journal of No. 118

April 11th, 2015

A Broken Instrument, by Jason Brezinski @ 03:16 pm

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Jason was kind enough to send Dr. Pookie and me a real live dead tree advanced reading copy (more or less) of his book. Subtitled A Novel of Gritty Elizabethan Intrigue, it provides plenty of grit, intrigue, and Elizabethan-dom.

One of the strongest points is the realistic grit of 1590 London (and the Low Countries). Bawdy and squalid, violent and smutty.

The plot centers on the collapse of a spy network in the wake of the death of Walsingham. The remnants of the burned network try to reestablish contact, while the burners try to stamp them out.

Historical fiction of rebellious English Catholics or cleavers slicing off body parts? Yes.

Book challenge criteria:
published this year
mystery or thriller
A popular author's first book (we'll see)
recommended by a friend
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Journal of No. 118