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S. J. Parris

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Omfatter også følgende navne: S. J. Parris, Stephanie Merritt, Stephanie Merritt

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(eng) S. J. Parris is the pen name of Stephanie Merritt, a contributing journalist for various newspapers and magazines, including the Observer and the Guardian. [Heresy (2010)]


Værker af S. J. Parris

Heresy (2011) 1,347 eksemplarer
Prophecy (2011) 633 eksemplarer
Sacrilege (2012) 466 eksemplarer
Treachery (2014) 293 eksemplarer
Conspiracy (2016) 213 eksemplarer
Execution (2020) 124 eksemplarer
While You Sleep (2018) 108 eksemplarer
The Secret Dead (2014) 58 eksemplarer
Alchemy (2023) 40 eksemplarer
Storm (2022) 15 eksemplarer
The Academy of Secrets (2019) 11 eksemplarer
Gaveston (2002) 10 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Merritt, Stephanie Jane
Andre navne
Parris, S. J.
Surrey, England, UK
England, UK
University of Cambridge (Queens' College)
The Observer (deputy literary editor)
Oplysning om flertydighed
S. J. Parris is the pen name of Stephanie Merritt, a contributing journalist for various newspapers and magazines, including the Observer and the Guardian. [Heresy (2010)]



Historical Fiction
BooksInMirror | 8 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
Bruno is assigned by Walsingham to infiltrate the Babington plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne.

It's been a while since i read the previous one in the main series of these books (2016!) so I struggled a bit with all the back references in the first 1/3 or so of this one. The story had some exciting moments but also some parts where I thought the author was trying too hard to find contemporary resonances - to the point where I was thinking Bruno couldn't have said that.… (mere)
Robertgreaves | 7 andre anmeldelser | Nov 24, 2023 |
Given a lifelong interest in the Tudor period and my prior enjoyment of C J Sansom's series, I was drawn to the first in this series set during the reign of Elizabeth I. Giordano Bruno, a real historical character, is the protagonist, who tells the story in first person narrative. The Prologue introduces Bruno some years before the main action, where he is threatened with being brought before the Inquisition due to his taste in reading and his adherence to the theories of Copernicus - that the Earth orbits the sun rather than the other way round. Bruno's own views go further and he believes in other solar systems, which is regarded by the Catholic Church as heretical, and heretics are burned at the stake.

The main action cuts to several years later after he has escaped across Europe, having many trials on the way. Despite winning the patronage of Henri III, the French King, he has had to take ship to the more tolerant country of England to evade the extremists now coming to power in France especially as he is still on the Inquisition's wanted list. Francis Walsingham, the Queen's spymaster, recruits him - he is due to go to Oxford in the company of his friend Sir Philip Sidney to take part in a debate. While there, Walsingham wants him to ferret out any Catholics who might be plotting against the Queen. Ironically, Bruno has to pass himself off as a Catholic - as an Italian, he does not seem quite as endangered as English Catholics might be - especially since he is now what we would regard as a humanist. Certainly, he does not believe in either the Catholic or Protestant dogmas.

In Oxford, Bruno is soon embroiled in trying to catch a killer when one of the college fellows is murdered and other deaths follow. All this is against a background of college politics, religious conflict, outright hostility towards himself as a putative Catholic, and his own attraction to the daughter of the Rector: an attraction he must resist as, reliant on patronage as he is, he cannot offer a respectable woman a secure future. Meanwhile he also wants to check if a certain book, lost centuries before, has been brought to Oxford as he believes it would enable him to mentally contact the Godhead and find out the secrets of the universe - this is the 16th century after all.

There is quite a bit of action in the story: Bruno can handle himself in a fight and even kill in self-defence when necessary - something he has had to do since fleeing the Inquisition. He comes in for a fair bit of physical abuse in the course of the story, although the fact that there are further volumes takes away some of the suspense when his life is threatened.

Overall I found it an interesting read and was kept guessing by the murder mystery although I did guess one part of it that one character had cause to take revenge on another . One problem I had was that in a few places I was slightly thrown out of the 16th century immersion by the use of a modern turn of phrase. I can't recall now what these were and I know the author is trying for a more readable prose narrative and dialogue than would be the case if it were really phrased in Elizabethan English, but these were such modern expressions that they did jar. By contrast, the Shadlake series by C J Sansom, which is the nearest thing I have come to this, does not do this. I'm not also totally convinced about the character being the real historical ex-monk/philosopher - there isn't really enough 'meat' to make that believable for me (plus in view of the real life fate of the historical figure, it would make reading it too sad to equate the two). So I can't quite award the story full marks and instead rate it a solid 4 star read.
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kitsune_reader | 104 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2023 |
I had high hopes for this book!
Unfortunately I found it quite hard to get into the story and was tempted to leave it and put it to one side for another day, but fortunately I did stick with it right up to the bitter end.

It must be so hard coming up with new different ideas these days as there so many out there already or taking a well covered topic and try to put your own spin on it as it's all been done before in some way or other.

But Stephanie Merritt has managed to do just that!

A haunted house on a remote island in Scotland, the local legend of a woman who killed her son and then herself is still well-known to the locals and is refueled when a young child goes missing right by that house.

Some of the twists were pretty obvious, don't worry im not giving any spoilers away! which I was a bit disheartened by I must admit.
But there are some great red herrings thrown in along the way and an ending that I didn't predict at all.

So all in all, whilst it took a while to get into the book the second half really does make up for it and some of the stuff in the first half starts to make more sense. If you like ghost stories or folklore and a touch of the supernatural, then this is the book for you!

While You Sleep was published in the UK on 8 Mar. 2018 and is on sale now. Amazon has called this book "The most exciting new thriller you will read in Summer 2018"

So grab yourself a copy and see what you think! You won't regret it :-)
… (mere)
DebTat2 | 13 andre anmeldelser | Oct 13, 2023 |



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