Anthony Blanke, trumpeter and groom, is once again called upon to unmask a murderer. Joining forces with Sir Thomas More, he is forced to confront the unpopularity of his master’s rule. As the bodies of the Cardinal’s enemies mount up around him, Anthony finds himself under suspicion. Journeying through the opulence of More’s home, the magnificence of Wolsey’s York Place, and the dank dungeons of London’s gaols, he must discover whether the murderer of the Cardinal’s critics is friend or foe.
With time running out before Parliament sits, Anthony must clear his name and catch the killer before the King’s justice falls blindly upon him.
"Skilfully drawn and powerfully evocative, the second novel in the Anthony Blanke series leaves little to the imagination... Steven Veerapen draws upon his extensive knowledge of the period to create a narrative that always rings true." ~LoveReading
A convincing portrait of the deadly realities of life in Henry VIII's court' ~David Robinson, The Scotsman
A cracking good read because it gives you an insight into life in those times' ~Breege Smyth, Oban Times
Steven Veerapen does an excellent job of bringing the Tudor era to life... Highly recommended' ~Tony Riches
If you enjoy an historical mystery that demonstrates a deep understanding of its period, then this is for you.' ~Michael Lynes, Historical Novel Society
[Veerapen's] depiction of the world of the English court in the 1520s is rich, detailed and satisfying and everything feels just right...an engaging and enthralling story that keep you guessing right to the end' ~Ken Lussey, Undiscovered Scotland