Marbeck and the Double Dealer

Marbeck and the Double Dealer

John Pilkington

John Pilkington

From the author of the successful Thomas the Falconer mysteries comes a new historical series featuring Elizabethan intelligencer Martin Marbeck . . .|1600: a new century dawns. War with Spain has dragged on for fifteen years, the conflict in Ireland for six. Unease stalks England in the dying years of Elizabeth I's reign, and Elizabethan intelligencer Martin Marbeck is bored. Then a message from his spymaster, Sir Robert Cecil arrives: the existence of a spy has been discovered, code-named Morera, and Marbeck must uncover the true identity of this traitor quickly, before rumours of the young King Philip III forming a new Armada prove themselves to be true.|"A gripping, entertaining page-turner?
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Marbeck and the King-in-Waiting

Marbeck and the King-in-Waiting

John Pilkington

John Pilkington

Spring, 1603: Queen Elizabeth is dying, and England waits anxiously. The Virgin Queen hasn?t named an heir, refusing even to speak. Her cousin James, King of Scotland, is assumed to be her successor, but will the transition be peaceful? Sir Robert Cecil, Secretary of State, fears insurrection and has brought troops to the capital. But from where might the danger come ? overseas, or from malcontents closer to home?Meanwhile Marbeck, Cecil?s best intelligencer, is under a cloud, wrongly suspected of shady dealings with the Spanish. So when the son of his friend Lady Celia Scroop joins a fanatical Puritan sect, he?s glad to leave London to try and find the wayward youth. But events move fast and Marbeck finds himself in a maelstrom: forced to confront plots from two directions, that threaten not only the peace of the nation but the very fabric of England itself . . .
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Marbeck and the Privateers

Marbeck and the Privateers

John Pilkington

John Pilkington

Summer 1604: England is on edge, as a high-powered Spanish delegation arrives in London to start vital and long-awaited treaty talks. King James, a year into his reign, wants to be seen as The Peacemaker King, bringing an end to nearly twenty years of warfare with Spain which has left both countries exhausted and almost bankrupt. Yet there are those who profit from the war – and such people cannot be allowed to threaten the peace negotiations.This puts extra strain on the king's powerful minister, Lord Cecil, which is why Marbeck finds himself working for a new spymaster, charged with the role of protecting the Spanish party. But even Marbeck hasn't foreseen that the task will pit him against corsairs of the high seas, double agents and corrupt noblemen who will stop at nothing to wreck the treaty, forcing him to face his biggest challenge yet...
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Marbeck and the Gunpowder Plot

Marbeck and the Gunpowder Plot

John Pilkington

John Pilkington

Government spy Marbeck uncovers a deadly conspiracy against Parliament and the King of England1605: With the new King James on the throne, England is still fiercely divided between Catholic and Protestant. Ordered to keep watch on well-known Papist Thomas Percy, cousin of the Earl of Northumberland, Marbeck's assignment takes on a greater urgency when rumours reach him of a terrible danger aimed at the King. But with no idea where this threat comes from, and his spymaster's refusal to take it seriously, Marbeck is at a loss.And his efforts to concentrate on affairs of state are complicated by affairs of the heart in the elegant and shapely form of Charlotte de Baume. By the time he uncovers the terrifying truth, Marbeck has only days to expose the conspirators. The safety of the realm is at stake ... but so is Marbeck's own, and he must draw on every scrap of his courage, his sharp wits and his plain stubbornness to prevent a catastrophe ...
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After the Fire

After the Fire

John Pilkington

John Pilkington

In 1670, in the turbulent time following the Great Fire, a series of chilling murders shakes Restoration London. All are linked to the new Dorset Gardens Theatre where feisty young Betsy Brand is playing First Witch in Macbeth. It seems that a shadowy figure call The Salamander, who haunted London during the Fire, has returned to wreak cruel revenge on his enemies. With the authorities utterly baffled, Betsy takes on a new role as an investigator. She reasons that, perhaps, a clever, courageous actres can unravel the deepening mystery. But soon she faces a more terrible foe than ever stalked upon a stage - and finds her own life is at stake....
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