• "Anyone who reads this will want to tell their friends about it... This is a novel that combines the simple pleasures of Agatha Christie with the intellectual subtlety of Umberto Eco, don't let it pass by unread"

    Sunday Times
  • "The kind of book that has you reading it by torchlight under the bedclothes. An historical detective story set to rival The Name of the Rose, it provides the rare pleasure of combining an intricate plot with insight into the political intrigues of Restoration England"

    The Times
  • "Pears brings to life a vibrant 17th-century world...a tour de force"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Brilliantly researched and imagined...a remarkable achievement"

    Sunday Telegraph