The Queen's Man : John Shakespeare

  • by Rory Clements
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • Series: John Shakespeare
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes The Queen's Man, the sixth in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series.
England is a Judas nest of conspiracyIt is 1582, and the conflict between Protestant and Catholic threatens to tear the country in two. While Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of power, there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. On his first major mission for Sir Francis Walsingham, the young John Shakespeare is ordered to discover a conspiracy to free the Stuart queen from Sheffield Castle.
All too soon, he realises that the tentacles of the plot reach deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own friends and family. His duty lies with Elizabeth - but how far will he go to protect those he loves?

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Audible Editor Reviews

"Does for Elizabeth's reign what C J Sansom does for Henry VIII's." (Sunday Times)

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Another Great Story

If you could sum up The Queen's Man in three words, what would they be?

Very well set.


Who was your favorite character and why?

John Shakespeare. he reminds me of Shardlake in C.J.Samson's stories.


What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

Extremely nice speaking voice. The narration was excellent.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry. You do feel for the various characters and the hardships they go through.


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- Baronessnewt

Disappointing and unbelievable

Found the characters overblown, the story confusing, and this writer has obviously never travelled from Stratford to Sheffield. If he had, he would realise you couldn't get there in one day on a horse. Come on! It'd take about two weeks, as Sheffield is situated in seriously rough country. Crossing Snake Pass is a hard road even in a car. Coming up the east coast would take ages. Research next time? Sheffield's a great place to visit!
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- judith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-02-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton