Giordano Bruno turns detective: a review of S. J. Parris’ Heresy, Prophecy, Sacrilege and Treachery

S.J. Parris, the pseudonym for Stephanie Merrit, is writing in the fairly crowded market of the historical/religious murder mystery, which brings with it both a potentially very loyal group of readers, or a series of comparisons to such writers as C.J. Sansom, creator of Elizabethan sleuth Matthew Shardlake (with a 6th book , Lamentation, scheduled for…

Review: Alex Connor’s thrillers; from ‘The Rembrandt Secret’ to ‘The Caravaggio Conspiracy’

Alex Connor, The Rembrandt Secret (Quercus, 2011), ISBN 978-1849163460; Alex Connor, Legacy of Blood (Quercus, 2012), ISBN 978-1849163620; Alex Connor, Memory of Bones (Quercus, 2012), ISBN 978-0857389626; Alex Connor, Isle of the Dead (Quercus, 2013), ISBN 978-0857389640; Alex Connor, The Caravaggio Conspiracy (Quercus, 2014), ISBN 978-1782065043) What prompted me to read these books was a bit of crowd sourcing I did when I first thought…