Review: Bartholomew Fair

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Bartholomew Fair by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars A wonderful tale set in Elizabethan London, whereby our eponymous hero, Dr Christoval Alvarez (Kit), is drawn into the aftermath of the failed Portuguese expedition that featured in the previous volume of the series. Having returned from the expedition, Kit faces personal and professional […]

Review: The Portuguese Affair

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The Portuguese Affair by Ann Swinfen My rating: 3 of 5 stars There were times during the reading of this book that I wondered about the significance of parts of the narrative, and why our title character had been drawn via that narrative into some of the events of the year under question. I shouldn’t […]

Review: The Enterprise of England

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The Enterprise of England by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars The second volume in the continuing adventures of Christoval Alvarez picks up immediately after the first volume, which has seen Kit drawn back into working for Sir Francis Walsingham, the chief spymaster of Queen Elizabeth. The narrative takes place in the lead […]

Review: The Secret World of Chrisoval Alvarez

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The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Treason and political intrigue in the time of Queen Elizabeth, from the perspective of a young person caught up in the machinations of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s chief spy and protector. Though a physician by training, young Christoval Alvarez (known as […]

Review: The Templar Magician

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The Templar Magician by Paul Doherty My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book follows on from, and yet is almost entirely separate from, the first volume in this particular series by Paul Doherty. Drawing on his historical insight, Doherty creates a wonderful narrative set towards the end of the civil war that struck England […]

Review: The Templar

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The Templar by Paul Doherty My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another tour de force from Paul Doherty, though not set in Medieval England but during the First Crusade to recapture the Holy Lands from the Turks and Saracens. Following two siblings of the de Payen family, Hugh and Eleanor, the novel traces the journey […]

Review: Devil’s Wolf

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Devil’s Wolf by Paul Doherty My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another wonderful narrative from Paul Doherty featuring our eponymous hero, Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, and the king’s most senior chancery clerk. Sent on a secret mission to the north of England by his Master, Corbett and his cohorts find themselves […]