This was one of those books for me that I enjoyed fromt he first page on. Young Portuguese immigrant Kit / Christoval proves to be a surprisingly competent doctor, despite age and nationality. Kit is a fatantastic main character with a wealth of points of interest, be that the educational, religious or family background – or the actual identity.
Set in Tudor times of 1586 the book depicts an involved spy and secrecy plot when Sir Francis Walsingham, protecter of Queen Elizabeth hires Kit as code breaker.
Unlike many other books of the historical crime genre, this has a wonderful balance between descriptive and historical details, moving along of its plot and fleshed out characterisation. I’m not surprised to have learned since that the author has a varied writing past.
Locations and settings change with great ease and make for a pleasant flow, serving well researched and fascinating historical fiction in the shape of a promising mystery series.
Ann Swinfen spent her childhood partly in England and partly on the east coast of America. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, where she read Classics and Mathematics and married a fellow undergraduate, the historian David Swinfen. While bringing up their five children and studying for a postgraduate MSc in Mathematics and a BA and PhD in English Literature, she had a variety of jobs, including university lecturer, translator, freelance journalist and software designer. She served for nine years on the governing council of the Open University and for five years worked as a manager and editor in the technical author division of an international computer company, but gave up her full-time job to concentrate on her writing, while continuing part-time university teaching. She founded Dundee Book Events, a voluntary organisation promoting books and authors to the general public, and ran it for fifteen years, interviewing more than a hundred authors. She now lives in Broughty Ferry, on the northeast coast of Scotland, with her husband, formerly vice-principal of the University of Dundee, and a rescue kitten.
Connect with Ann:
Amazon Author Page: Author.to/AnnSwinfen
Christoval Alvarez Series: http://myBook.to/CAseries