A thrilling novel of conspiracy, intrigue and rapier-sharp wit

Venice, 1586.

William Shakespeare is disguised as a steward to the English Ambassador. He and his friends Oldcastle and Hemminges possess a deadly secret: the names of the Catholic spies in England who seek to destroy Queen Elizabeth. Before long the Pope's agents begin to close in on them and fleeing the city will be the players' only option.

Events will soon converge in the forests around Verona. Will Shakespeare and his friends escape with their secrets -- and their lives?



'An engaging, clever read'

— The Times

'Sparkling, all-action adventure'

— Lancashire Evening Post

'A unique and compelling thriller, full of swaggering charm'

— Crime Review