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A Dangerous Trade

(The first book in the Elizabethan Spy Thriller series)
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An Elizabethan Spy Thriller Series - Book 1

"A slow-burn character driven spy story that grips like a thumbscrew tightened by twist after twist towards the end - Le Carre transported to the 1560’s. Brilliant work, based in impressively wide research and the kind of competition that I and a good number of others could well do without!" Peter Tonkin, author of A Stage For Murder

Rebellion stirs in Elizabeth’s England.

In the bleak midlands, Mary Queen of Scots has begun a long imprisonment. Plots and counter-plots swirl around her.

In the earl of Shrewsbury’s crumbling castles, the captive queen hopes for rescue. At the heart of the earl’s household is Jack Cole, a haunted and secretive figure with a dark past. Converted to Queen Mary’s cause by a charismatic secretary, Jack finds himself entangled in a Catholic plot to free her.

Yet the queen’s household is under surveillance. Everyone is a potential spy, or is being spied upon.

As Jack is drawn into the dark web of Catholic plotting, he must face a hideous truth.

Meanwhile, his wife Amy must choose whether to protect her husband or betray him.

Poison is poured, daggers are drawn, and guns are loaded. England's future hangs in the balance.

Moving from crumbling castles to the imposing palaces of Queen Elizabeth, Jack Cole must decide where his loyalties lie – with queen, country, or wife.

Recommended for fans of CJ Sampson, Rory Clements and Alison Weir.

Steven Veerapen was born in Glasgow and raised in Paisley. Pursuing an interest in the sixteenth century, he was awarded a first-class Honours degree in English, focussing his dissertation on representations of Henry VIII’s six wives. He then received a Masters in Renaissance studies, and a Ph.D. investigating Elizabethan slander. Steven is fascinated by the glamour and ghastliness of life in the 1500s.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Grips like a thumbscrew tightened by a twist after twist...Le Carre transported to the 1560's." - Peter Tonkin

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January 2019 : Paperback

Title: A Dangerous Trade: An Elizabethan Spy Thriller
Author(s): Steven Veerapen
ISBN: 1-79304-463-5 / 978-1-79304-463-1
Publisher: Independently published
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December 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Dangerous Trade (An Elizabethan Spy Thriller Book 1)
Author(s): Steven Veerapen
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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