Around the Bend: Prophecy by S. J. Parris

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Around the Bend
Prophecy by S. J. Parris

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Publisher's summary of Prophecy

S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.

It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align—an astrologi­cal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth.

When several of the queen’s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that some­thing far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court.

Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger?

Just as in Heresy, S. J. Parris's gorgeous writing and remarkable sense of place fully transport the reader. This utterly gripping novel clearly positions Paris at the forefront of the genre.

S. J. Parris is the pen name of Stephanie Merritt, a contributing journalist for various newspapers and magazines, including the Observer and the Guardian.

Praise for Prophecy

"Parris looks to be an up-and-comer in the historical fiction/mystery arena ..."--Library Journal

Praise for Heresy, Parris' debut novel. The first in the series about Giordano Bruno. In paperback in February.

Set in the time of Elizabeth I, Heresy could happily follow on Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall about Henry VIII and his relationship with Thomas Cromwell. Both evoke the tensions, turbulence and cruelty of Tudor England.”The Oxford Times

Reading group alert -- perfect for historical fiction groups and mystery book clubs. Religion, history, occult, culture, political intrigue and murder.

Look for Prophecy in May 2011.

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