Book List:17 titles
  • Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is despatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey expects to solve the theft of the cargo of a wr...


  • It is 1370, right in the middle of the Anglo-French conflict, the Hundred Years War. In danger of losing the Aquitaine territory, England sends Geoffrey Chaucer, protégé of the king's son, to France. As a poet on a diplomatic mission, Chaucer must ...


  • Three years after his secret mission to Aquitaine, poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer finds himself once more embarked on royal business. After an arduous journey in the spring of 1373, he reaches Florence, a city twice the size of London and the ban...


  • Before Geoffrey Chaucer became a poet and diplomat, he was a junior member of one of the royal households. In 1359 he is about to embark for France and the wars. But first he returns to see his mother and father in London’s Vintry Ward, though not ...


  • It's the summer of 1604 and the Spanish are in London. Many years after the ill-fated Armada, they are negotiating a peace treaty with the English. Nick Revill's acting company is given a ceremonial role at the celebrations. But not everybody welc...


  • In the last decade of Elizabeth I's reign, Nick Revill, an aspiring young actor, comes to London seeking fame and fortune. Once there he gains employment with the Chamberlain's Men. Thrown out of his digs over an unfortunate accident, Nick is offered...


  • When Mr Lye, an elderly partner at Tom Ansell's law firm, drops dead at his desk, Tom is dispatched to Ely to search for Mr Lye's will at Phoenix House, the home of his brother, Ernest. At the same time, Tom's wife Helen has been commissioned by New ...


  • For the newly-weds Tom and Helen Ansell life is no honeymoon, as they are drawn into a murky underworld of Victorian spiritualism and stage magic when they’re sent on a mission to the stunning cathedral city of Durham. Not only must they investigat...


  • Praise for Philip Gooden:"Gooden may be one of the best history-mystery writers going. . . . Marvellous."-Booklist (starred review)In England in 1847, newlyweds Tom and Helen Ansell become involved with spiritualism and stage magic. When a famous med...






  • In 1873 a canon dies violently while sneaking ancient artifacts out of a burial chamber on the outskirts of Salisbury. London lawyer Tom Ansell discovers the body and comes under suspicion of his murder. To clear himself, he must find the killer....


  • in Sword of Shame

    The Latin inscription carved on the gleaming blade read “He who lives in falsehood slays his soul; he who lies, his honor.” If only they had known how true those words would prove to be. The Sword of Shame was lovingly crafted by a Saxon swordsmi...


  • It is the summer of 1604, many years after the defeat of the Armada, and the Spanish are in London to negotiate a peace treaty. Nick Revill’s theater company— newly promoted to the King’s Men now that James I is on the throne—are given a cere...


  • Elizabeth I approaches the end of her illustrious reign, the plague is raging in London, and the Privy Council has ordered the theaters closed. Still, author Philip Gooden's fifth novel in the popular Shakespearean series brings us a great mystery as...


  • An actor is dead, and the cast of suspects grows, but the finger of a hostile coroner is pointing directly at amateur detective Nick Revill. With as many twists to its plot as a Shakespearean play and betrayals compounded as often as in Troilus and C...


  • Midsummer 1601. Nick Revill and his fellow actors in the Chamberlain’s Men are journeying across the Wiltshire Downs for a country-house presentation of his friend and mentor Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But what should be a pleasan...