Today I'm welcoming Paul Walker and his book - State of Treason (Book 1 William Constable Spy Thrillers) - to my blog as part of the blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club (founded by Mary Anne Yarde)
I am delighted to share an audio excerpt with you all, but first I will introduce the book.
State of Treason
William Constable is a scholar of mathematics, astrology and practices as a physician. He receives an unexpected summons to the Queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham in the middle of the night. He fears for his life when he spies the tortured body of an old friend in the palace precincts.
His meeting with Walsingham takes an unexpected turn when he is charged to assist a renowned Puritan, John Foxe, in uncovering the secrets of a mysterious cabinet containing an astrological chart and coded message. Together, these claim Elizabeth has a hidden, illegitimate child (an “unknowing maid”) who will be declared to the masses and serve as the focus for an invasion.
Constable is swept up in the chase to uncover the identity of the plotters, unaware that he is also under suspicion. He schemes to gain the confidence of the adventurer John Hawkins and a rich merchant. Pressured into taking a role as court physician to pick up unguarded comments from nobles and others, he has become a reluctant intelligencer for Walsingham.
Do the stars and cipher speak true, or is there some other malign intent in the complex web of scheming?
Constable must race to unravel the threads of political manoeuvring for power before a new-found love and perhaps his own life are forfeit.
Book Title: State of Treason
Series: Book 1, William Constable Spy Thrillers
Author: Paul Walker
Narrator: Edward Gist
Publication Date: February 2021
Publisher: Audible Studios
Page Length: 317 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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is married and lives in a village 30 miles north of London. Having
worked in universities and run his own business, he is now a
full-time writer of fiction and part-time director of an education
trust. His writing in a garden shed is regularly disrupted by
children and a growing number of grandchildren and dogs.
Paul writes historical fiction. He inherited his love of British history and historical fiction from his mother, who was an avid member of Richard III Society. The William Constable series of historical thrillers is based around real characters and events in the late sixteenth century. The first three books in the series are State of Treason; A Necessary Killing; and The Queen’s Devil. He promises more will follow.
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You can learn more about the book and the author by visiting the other blogs on this tour.
That's it for now.
Till the next time.
Take Care Zoe.