The Serpent’s Mark by S.W. Perry #BlogTour

June 17, 2019


A smart and gripping tale of conspiracy, murder and espionage in Elizabethan London, ideal for fans of CJ Sansom, Rory Clements and SG MacLean.

Treason sleeps for no man...

London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London's lawless Bankside. But, when the queen's 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 dangerous world of zealots, charlatans and fanatics. As their own lives become increasingly at risk, they find themselves confronting the greatest treason of all: the spectre of a bloody war between the faiths...

“No-one is better than S. W. Perry at leading us through the squalid streets of London in the sixteenth century.”Andrew Swanston

The writing is of such a quality, the characters so engaging and the setting so persuasive that, only two books in, S.W. Perry's ingeniously plotted novels have become my favourite historical crime series. S G MacLean


My Review

Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours for my copy of The Serpent’s Mark, The 2nd book in the Dr Nicholas Shelby series by S.W. Perry.

When Physician Nicholas Shelby returns to London, from Suffolk, He is asked both by an old friend and, then the Queen’s head of spies, Robert Cecil, to look into the strange and mysterious Dr. Acampora from Switzerland.

Invited by the old friend’s new wife, Dr. Acampora is asked to take the care of the son who is suffering from the “falling disease” or Epilepsy, he comes with new and strange practices but is he the real deal? Only Nicholas can find out.

Aswell as dealing with this he also helps his friend, the landlady of the Jackdaw Tavern , Bianca Merton, not only care for her cousin who’s arrived from Italy but to uncover a secret being hidden by her cousin and in turn now Bianca.

A plot to overthrow the Queen, a tale of murder, conspiracy, espionage, Charlatans, Zealots and much more.

A fast paced story, the language and writing is truly beautiful, it’s so brilliantly done , you could almost be in Elizabethan London .

This is clearly a highly researched book, the knowledge of the time is stunning.

Elegant, gripping , and full of action, if you enjoy your historical fiction this really is for you.

A brilliant piece of Historical storytelling.



S. W. Perry was a journalist and broadcaster before retraining as an airline pilot. He lives in Worcestershire with his wife.


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