Launch: Let Slip the Dogs

The 5th book in the Francis Bacon series is out today, August 15th.

It should be available almost everywhere that books are sold. It won’t be on the shelf at your locallet-slip-the-dogs bookstore, but you can ask them to order. You can ask your library to order it, if you’re not in any hurry!

Find links to the most common venues on the book page or try this purportedly universal link.

Secret trysts. Daring dalliances. And a body in the orchard.

It’s Midsummer, 1591, at Richmond Palace, and love is in the air. Gallant courtiers sport with great ladies while Tom and Trumpet bring their long-laid plans to fruition at last. Everybody’s doing it — even Francis Bacon enjoys a private liaison with the secretary to the new French ambassador. But the Queen loathes scandal and will punish anyone rash enough to get caught.

Still, it’s all in a summer day until a young man is found dead. He had few talents beyond a keen nose for gossip and was doubtless murdered to protect a secret. But what sort — romantic, or political? They carried different penalties: banishment from court or a traitor’s death. Either way, worth killing to protect.

Bacon wants nothing more than to leave things alone. He has no position and no patron; in fact, he’s being discouraged from investigating. But can he live with himself if another innocent person dies?

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