The Silent Murder (An Elizabethan Murder Mystery)

London, 1595.

The grasp of Defence Tom Musgrave rushes to the help of a tender messenger, the sufferer of a unexpected, it seems that unprovoked assault on the street outdoors his apartment.

In the useless boy’s ownership Tom reveals a bloodied letter meant for his eyes simply.

And he manages to piece jointly a being concerned message.

The missive incorporates a determined cry for support from the gorgeous Countess Cotehel, who's mute because of a bad trauma.

Then a moment physique is located – belonging to a different of the Countess’s servants.

When a horribly mutilated portrait of the Countess additionally turns up, Tom realises that she is in grave possibility.

Tom and his apprentice rush to her reduction, following her to the gloomy fortress of Cotehel in Cornwall, simply to discover that gaining knowledge of who's threatening her, and why, is much more challenging than they’d intended…

‘The Silent homicide’ is the exciting fourth instalment of Peter Tonkin’s ‘Master of Defence’ sequence, that includes the Elizabethan sleuth and sword-master Tom Musgrave.

“Love, lust and Elizabethan politics liven up Tonkin’s swiftly paced puzzle…” - Kirkus experiences

“Everything keen on ancient mysteries may wish for” - Kirkus studies

“Riveting story jam-packed with speedy motion” - Publishers Weekly

Peter Tonkin used to be born in Northern eire, and used to be raised within the united kingdom, Holland, Germany, and the Persian Gulf. He has written thirty novels together with ‘The aspect of demise’ and ‘The Coffin Ship’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's top self sustaining writer of electronic books.

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Right here Tom dismounted back and hammered at the door of the Borough Counter to awaken the Bishop’s Bailiff. The final time Tom had sped out to Elfinstone, he had stuck the ferry to Gravesend and ridden down from there; and below such a lot conditions, the river used to be faster than the line. This morning, despite the fact that, issues have been varied. They weren't saddled with knackered jades, historic and damaged down from a condo. as a substitute they sat astride steeds that appeared shut relations to Pegasus within the method they flew over the floor.

There has been an pressing addition to this, for grasp Aske used to be not just landlord yet churchwarden in Tom’s parish – who will be noting his absence from companies throughout the the most important Holy Week – absence that during thought may placed his again prone to a whipping and his soul liable to damnation. there has been a letter to Robert Poley detailing the case thus far including suspicions and directions – neither one quite good based, in Tom’s opinion. there has been a letter to his closest pal and low organisation, someday spy-master Sir Thomas Walsingham, similar to that he despatched to Poley, for transmission to the Lord Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain, whose guy he was once as go together with Will Shakespeare’s avid gamers, in case issues became out badly; and with that there has been an enclosure for Mistress Kate Shelton, whose contents have been certainly no longer for transmission to a person else in any respect.

That may see us in the course of the darkest hours and into the wish of sunrise. ’ ‘If we will be able to continue to exist that long,’ gasped Ben, ‘with such worried odds ranged opposed to us; and such determined plans for rescue and aid. ’ ‘‘Tis now not so bad,’ acknowledged Tom. ‘Consider, Ben: if Gawdy and Rowley are in league with the Spanish, the worst of the remainder should be in league with not anything worse than smugglers; and lots of the celebrants on the banquet of Fools – in masks and dress or no longer – are sturdy sincere yeomen just like the postillion whose dress St simply has taken.

Ben? Can your clever eyes see a few flaw in layout or strangeness in decoration that may disguise a seize of a few kind? – except the nail above, which i suppose as soon as held the mysterious and lacking portrait whilst it was once moved from the chimney-breast, for it really is contrary the boy’s at the outer wall. the following, too, I see lines of gilding from the body. And grasp James, have we reached the restrict of your wisdom within the topic of this panel? ’ Ben spoke ahead of the boy may well, alerted previous in Tom’s meandering soliloquy.

Idiot that i'm! Blind, impatient idiot! Elfinstone is the family’s destiny, its shiny and smooth face, with the homes in London closed. Cotehel is its earlier, louring over the sea-borne alternate routes which are the traditional starting place of its fortune. the place else may the kinfolk have fun an historic, conventional pageant? furthermore, previous legislation, you recognize in addition to I that Her Majesty’s father’s generosity continuously got here at a cost. If he additional to Cotehel’s fortifications, then he’ll have demanded the relations be there to protect it themselves as castellans throughout the raiding season; and what larger time to maneuver than this?

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