Book Review: Corpus, by Rory Clements #BlogTour #CORPUS

Welcome to today’s stop on the Blog Tour for Corpus by Rory Clements, who is a new author to me.

Well, I’m over the moon to have been introduced to his writing as I enjoyed this novel immensely and I am delighted to share my review with you today, so thank you for stopping by. 😀

Publisher:  Bonnier Zaffre

Publication date:  26th January 2017


corpus-by-rory-clements-coverThe fallout of war casts its long shadow on 1930’s England. While fragile teacups clink innocently against their saucers in houses up and down the country, the elements of conspiracy are frighteningly close and its darkening divide has the potential to alter the course of history as we know it. Yes indeed, Corpus is dominated by misdirection and kept me on my toes throughout.

Upon receiving his neighbour’s plea for help following the premature death of a friend, a pioneer for the truth endeavours to pick up the torch and light the way. That man is Thomas Wilde. Widow, American, and respected history professor at Cambridge. He hasn’t been to war, doesn’t side in political debates, avoids the ‘traditions’ of the college at all costs, and he’s one of the few people whose morals remain intact. This gentleman also believes that opinions should be formed based on evidence not assumption, and encourages that approach from his students. Although he will have a hard time applying his philosophy as his judgement is tested throughout this story.

Wilde is a truly brilliant character who is no wannabe hero just a determined, level headed problem solver when the need demands, which will come in particularly handy in the minefield of political riddles he’s stumbled into. There he finds a trio of friends distanced over time and their prominent families, two of whom have been tainted by sudden deaths. After connecting a few erratic dots Wilde is directed into the path of a mysterious journalist whose talents allude to events more instrumental than getting a scoop for The Times.

Manipulated current affairs play a crucial role in just about everything and the meticulously engineered motives of prominent figures reach across the ocean to Russia, Spain, Germany, and more alarmingly right under our noses. In the midst of a royal scandal that was King Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson further obstacles are hurled in Wilde’s way. With the frustrating lack of co-operation and every confidence that corruption will triumph despite his best efforts, the plot becomes acutely cloak and dagger until people closest to him are in grave danger.

This is an immensely engrossing novel where the security of any country and the devastation that could ensue from  certain orchestrated events is depicted with a terrifying realism; the sharks are circling and have no hesitation in picking off anyone who threatens their cause, regardless of where they sit in the food chain.

Corpus is a remarkable chronicle of the treacherous game of poisoned politics, teasing the moves from its players with considerable skill to result in a thoroughly exhilarating fusion of espionage, intrigue and murder.

Rating:  4/5

(I received an ARC of this title from the publisher and Emily Burns with my thanks, and this is my unbiased review.)


(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

Europe is in turmoil.

The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland.
In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror.
Spain has erupted in civil war.

In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.

In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. Even the ancient colleges of Cambridge are not immune to political division. Dons and students must choose a side: right or left, where do you stand?

When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson…

Set against the drumbeat of war and moving from Berlin to Cambridge, from Whitehall to the Kent countryside, and from the Fens to the Aragon Front in Spain, this big canvas international thriller marks the beginning of a major new series from bestselling author Rory Clements.



(Courtesy of publisher’s website)

Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen’s Man, follow Elizabeth’s Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. The seventh John Shakespeare novel, Holy Spy, is due to be published in February 2015.

Rory Clements won the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Corpus, by Rory Clements #BlogTour #CORPUS

  1. Fantastic review Wendy. I have to say the cover would’ve made me pass this book by but after reading your review, I’m going to check this out. I love the idea of espionage, intrigue and murder and the main character Thomas sounds very interesting. I love being introduced to new reads!!


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