June 13

A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare

Posted by Neen

A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare

England, 1603. Queen Elizabeth I is dead and King James VI of Scotland is about to become King James I of England. As the new king’s official coronation approaches, Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon now employed as a physician in rural Devon, is called in by the local coroner, Theophilus Davey, to identify the cause of death of a badly damaged corpse. Taverner’s examination reveals that the man was murdered, and he and Davey embark on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. But England is a powderkeg of political turmoil and treachery, and Taverner and Davey play a dangerous game as their own lives are put at risk by the secrets they uncover, including a plot against the King himself.

A Rustle of Silk is the first in a new series by Alys Clare, author of the popular Hawkenlye and Aelf Fen historical mysteries, and is particularly recommended for fans of Robin Blake’s Georgian-era mysteries featuring Coroner Titus Cragg and Dr. Luke Fidelis.