“Peter Tonkin delivers again. The personalities and plots of the Elizabethan age sparkle in this fast-paced thriller.” Steven Veerapen, author of The Abbey CloseSaturday, 13 January 1599. Poet and politician Edmund Spenser is found dead in his lodgings on King Street, London. Summoned to the corpse’s bedside, Tom Musgrave – Spenser’s friend and fencing tutor – suspects murder. Musgrave begins an investigation, only to find himself fighting to untangle a web of political backstabbing, black magic, poisoning and treason.