Rory Clements
Rory Clements is a British author of historical mystery/spy thriller novels. He writes the John Shakespeare series. Prior to becoming a novelist, Rory had a long and successful newspaper career, including being features editor and associate editor of Today, editor of the Daily Mail‘s Good Health Pages, and editor of the health section at the Evening Standard. He counts many writers among his influences, including Robert Harris, Graham Greene, Emily Bronte, James Ellroy, Rex Clements (his late great-uncle), Ian Fleming, Georgette Heyer, Frederick Forsyth, John Buchan, Cormac McCarthy, John Steinbeck, Gore Vidal, Sebastian Faulks, Anya Seton and many others. Rory now writes full-time in Norfolk, England.

Rory Clements became a published novelist in 2009 with the novel Martyr, which began his John Shakespeare series. Below is a list of Rory Clements’ books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of John Shakespeare Books

Martyr (2009)Description / Buy at
Revenger (2010)Description / Buy at
Prince (2011)Description / Buy at
Traitor (2012)Description / Buy at
The Man in the Snow (2012)Description / Buy at
The Heretics (2013)Description / Buy at
The Queen's Man (2014)Description / Buy at
Holy Spy (2015)Description / Buy at
Chronologically. The Heretics takes place after Traitor.

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Rory Clements Synopsis: Martyr is the first John Shakespeare novel by Rory Clements. War is looming upon England. Mary, Queen of Scots could be beheaded any day now, and Spain is already planning its revenge. Things are tense in Elizabeth I’s government. In its centre, John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. When an intercept reveals a plot to assassinate England’s “sea dragon,” Francis Drake, Shakespeare is commanded to protect him. Busy fitting out his ships on land, Drake is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion.

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