Death by Disputation

Book Two: Francis Bacon Series

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Death by Disputation won the 2015 Chaucer Awards First In Category Award for the Elizabethan/Tudor period

“This highly entertaining opus is a gorgeous piece of historical mystery.” — Edi’s Book Lighthouse.

Thomas Clarady is recruited to spy on a group of radical Puritans at Cambridge University. Francis Bacon is his spymaster; his tutor in both tradecraft and religious politics. Their commission gets off to a deadly start when Tom finds his chief informant hanging from the roof beams. Now he must catch a murderer as well as a seditioner. His first suspect is volatile poet Christopher Marlowe, who keeps turning up in the wrong places.

Dogged by unreliable assistants, chased by three lusty women, and harangued daily by the exacting Bacon, Tom risks his very soul to catch the villains and win his reward.

Editing and cover by Jennifer Quinlan at Historical Editorial

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