The Jackdaw Mysteries Books 1-3
The CWA nominated Elizabethan crime seriesS. W. Perry
7 October 2021
Published by Corvus
The Angel’s Mark
London, 1590: Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars, Queen Elizabeth I’s control over her kingdom is wavering.
And a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London…
Idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby becomes determined to end these terrible murders. Joined in his investigations by Bianca, a beautiful but mysterious tavern keeper, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot.
With the killer still at large, Bianca finds herself in terrible danger. Nicholas’s choice seems impossible – to save Bianca, or save himself…
The Serpent’s Mark
London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself.
With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a sinister world of zealots, charlatans and dangerous fanatics…
The Saracen’s Mark
England, 1593: Five years on from the Armada and Elizabeth’s kingdom seems secure. But there is always a plot afoot…
Robert Cecil, the Queen’s spymaster, needs Nicholas Shelby – reluctant spy and maverick physician – to embark on an undercover mission once again. One that he can’t refuse, if he wants to keep Bianca Merton safe.
Crossing the seas to Marrakesh in search of a missing informer, Nicholas hunts the dingy back alleys and dazzling palaces for the truth. But his search reveals a deadly conspiracy, one far more difficult to survive than he’d ever imagined.
And back in London the plague has returned, ravaging the streets and threatening everything he holds most dear…