Book Review: Execution by S.J. Parris

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pub date: 30 April 2020

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Description courtesy of NetGalley

ENGLAND, 1586.




Giordano Bruno, a heretic turned spy, arrives in England with shocking information for spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. A band of Catholic Englishmen are plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth and spring Mary Queen of Scots from prison to take the English throne in her place.

Bruno is surprised to find that Walsingham is aware of the plot, led by the young, wealthy noble Anthony Babington, and is allowing it to progress. He hopes that Mary will put her support in writing – and condemn herself to a traitor’s death.

Bruno is tasked with going undercover to join the conspirators. Can he stop them before he is exposed? Either way a queen will die; Bruno must make sure it is the right one…

This is the sixth book in the Giordano Bruno series although having not read the previous books I found this to be an excellent stand alone. I was aware there was history between certain characters but felt Parris had given enough information through the characters thoughts that I didn’t feel I was missing anything.

It’s fast paced and keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Some of the characters certainly aren’t who we think they are!

I loved the character development and found myself a big fan of Bruno and Thomas! The writing style is very easy to read and keeps you interested, I read this in a day I was so caught up in wanting to know what happened!

I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be buying the previous books in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

Execution is available for pre-order here:

Amazon UK

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