The Dead of Winter
S. J. Parris
Three gripping tales from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller S. J. Parris.
The Secret Dead
During the summer of 1566, a girl’s body is found within the walls of a Neapolitan monastery. Novice monk Giordano Bruno has a habit of asking difficult questions, but this time his investigations may lose him his place in the Dominican Order – or deliver him into the hands of the Inquisition.
The Academy of Secrets
An invitation arrives from a secret society of enlightened philosophers, led by the eccentric Don Giambattista della Porta. Bruno is captivated – even more so when he meets della Porta’s beautiful niece. But keeping these new heretical secrets soon becomes a matter of life or death…
A Christmas Requiem
When Giordano Bruno is told the pope wants to see him, he fears he may be walking into a trap. The pope is intrigued by Bruno’s talent for complex memory games, but Rome is a den of intrigue, trickery and blood, and Bruno will be lucky to escape the Eternal City alive.
*Please note these three novellas are also published as individual stories in ebook.*
‘Fans of Parris’s superior mysteries will be delighted by this stellar collection of three novellas from his early years. This is an accessible entry point for newcomers’
Praise for S. J. Parris:
‘A delicious blend of history and thriller’
‘It has everything – intrigue, mystery and excellent history’ Kate Mosse, No. 1 bestselling author of The Burning Chambers
‘Unquestionably our greatest living writer of historical thrillers’ A. J. Finn, No. 1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
‘Pacy, intricate, and thrilling… Full of historical detail and rich with atmosphere’
‘A tight plot combines with subtly-realised characters and an omnipresent sense of danger’
‘Colourful characters and fast-moving plots’
‘Impossible to resist ‘
'Fans of Parris's superior mysteries featuring cleric-turned-sleuth Giordano Bruno, seen most recently in Conspiracy, will be delighted by this stellar collection of three novellas from his early years. This is an accessible entry point for newcomers' Publishers Weekly (starred) Praise for S. J. Parris: 'A delicious blend of history and thriller' The Times 'A tight plot combines with subtly-realised characters and an omnipresent sense of danger ... My pleasure in the vividly textured backdrop and a cracking story was accompanied by an uneasy shudder' Daily Mail 'Colourful characters, fast-moving plots and a world where one false step in religion or politics can mean a grisly death' Sunday Times 'S. J. Parris is one of my favourite authors - and unquestionably our greatest living writer of historical thrillers' A.J. Finn 'Vivid, sprawling ... Well-crafted, exuberant' Financial Times 'Successful historical thrillers need three elements: a killer plot that weaves seamlessly into the history; an engaging protagonist; and an atmospheric sense of place. Parris nails all three' The Times 'Pacy, intricate, and thrilling... Full of historical detail and rich with atmosphere' Observer 'I can thoroughly recommend Conspiracy, which twists and turns like a corkscrew of venomous snakes' Stuart MacBride 'Parris's Giordano Bruno series has been a joy' Sunday Telegraph 'Impossible to resist ... Parris creates a convincing sense of the past, woven with so much intrigue that the head fairly spins' Daily Telegraph 'It has everything - intrigue, mystery and excellent history' Kate Mosse A classy mystery' Observer 'Superbly plotted, shimmeringly written, it will have you on the edge of your seat' Kate Williams, author of The Storms of War
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