The Serpents Mark

The Serpents Mark

S W Perry
ARRSE Rating
2.5 Mushroom Heads
“Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself. With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a sinister world of zealots, charlatans and dangerous fanatics…”

I’ll be honest, I cannot give this book any sort of meaningful review and the review it truly deserves. As much as I tried to, I found it impossible to immerse myself into the plotline and a historic England. That said, it is well written; the environment of old England in 1591 is described in a lot of detail and seems very plausible. I think this is suited to those who like Murder mysteries but it’s not one for me.

If another Arrser would like to give it a go, pm me and I’ll post it on.

Publisher: Corvus
Publication date: 2019
Pages: 422
ISBN: 9781786494962

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