Overall, I enjoyed this book. There was, however more hostility in it than I would prefer: senior university staff toward those more junior, faculty against students, students against those from other colleges, college vs. town, and so on. I never understand it when authors fill their books with gratuitous aggression. But, overall, the plot was good and characters well developed. Also, the book gets better as it goes. I will read #2 in the series and see what happens.
This is not an easy read as the author uses many phrases either in latin or using the language of the day (16th century). There are occasional flashes of dry wit that had me wishing they would pop up more often.Long passages explain the customs & lifestyles of the time but at the expense of the plot. Interesting take on the early life of Kit Marlowe before he became a playwright and/or spy for the crown. For serious fans of medieval or historical mysteries.
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