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The Queen's Jewel

(The second book in the Christopher Marlowe series)
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"Another enthralling, life-threatening exploit underpinned by Steven Veerapen's trademark historical authenticity." Peter Tonkin, author of Shadow of the Axe.

London, 1587

In the wake of Mary Queen of Scots’s execution, England’s capital rejoices at Queen Elizabeth’s escape from assassination.

But all is far from well.

Cambridge scholar Thomas Lewgar tracks down his friend, the renegade playwright Cristopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe.

Absenting himself yet again from University, Marlowe claims to be engaged on government business - seeking out Catholic plotters.

He has in fact uncovered a new plot: a cabal of Catholics plan on using the Queen’s Jewel to support a Spanish invasion.

But Lewgar is far from convinced.

What is the Queen’s Jewel?

And who is the strange young man being moved around England, and said by the Catholics to represent the second coming of Arthur?

In a mission that takes them through playhouses and spies’ dens, to Queen Elizabeth’s court and through secretive country estates, they discover that some knowledge can be deadly…

Pitted against rival spymasters - and forced to confront Queen Elizabeth’s darkest secrets - Marlowe and Lewgar must uncover the truth of the Queen’s Jewel before they are imperilled too.

Recommended for fans of CJ Samson, Andrew Taylor and SJ Parris.

Steven Veerapen was born in Glasgow and raised in Paisley. Steven is fascinated by the glamour and ghastliness of life in the 1500s. He is the author of fictional and non-fictional works including the Simon Danforth Mysteries, the Ned Savage thrillers and Elizabeth and Essex: Power, Passion and Politics.

Praise for Steven Veerapen:

The Queen's Jewel

‘Gripping from the first paragraph, an intriguing and atmospheric tale skilfully blending fact and speculation from a writer steeped in the period setting. Lewgar is an excellent protagonist.’
John Pilkington, author of The Ruffler's Child.

A Dangerous Trade
'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 The Ides.

The Abbey Close (Book One of the Simon Danforth Mysteries)
'The author balances gimlet-eyed research with narrative drive and clever reveals... Danforth is a strong yet torn central character... I look forward to reading the second book in the series.'
Richard Foreman, author of The First Crusade series.

Blood Feud: Mary Queen of Scots and The Earl of Moray
'Much-needed analysis of a sinister sibling rivalry.'
Marie Macpherson.

Elizabeth and Essex: Power, Passion and Politics
'A sensitive and lively account of one of the most politically significant relationships of the Elizabethan age.'
Lisa Hopkins.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Another enthralling, life-threateningexplorer underpinned by Steven Veerapen's trademark historical authenticity." - Peter Tonkin

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