Marbeck and the Gunpowder Plot by John Pilkington

T I T L E: Marbeck and the Gunpowder Plot
A U T H O R: John Pilkington
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780727885142
Historical Fiction, Mystery
1605: With the new King James on the throne, England is still fiercely divided between Catholic and Protestant. Ordered to keep watch on well-known Papist Thomas Percy, cousin of the Earl of Northumberland, Marbeck’s assignment takes on a greater urgency when rumours reach him of a terrible danger aimed at the King. But with no idea where this threat comes from, and his spymaster’s refusal to take it seriously, Marbeck is at a loss. And his efforts to concentrate on affairs of state are complicated by affairs of the heart in the elegant and shapely form of Charlotte de Baume. By the time he uncovers the terrifying truth, Marbeck has only days to expose the conspirators. The safety of the realm is at stake … but so is Marbeck’s own, and he must draw on every scrap of his courage, his sharp wits and his plain stubbornness to prevent a catastrophe

     Set in England, two years after James I ascended the throne. It involves the famous gunpowder plot that was intended to blow up the King as well as Parliment on November 5, 1605.
     Though Marbeck is a fictional character, the mention of real-life historical figures made this story very believable. The focus is on the plot itself and the more prominent players. Guy Fawkes is only mentioned briefly and under his alias. I found this story very intriguing and a fascinating take on this infamous true-life event.
     Even though the outcome is obviously well known, I was still held in suspense on what would come next with every turn of the page. I was drawn in from the beginning and couldn't put it down.
     Marbeck is an outstanding and complicated character which makes him very likable. The ending is quite the cliff hanger and I hope there are more Marbeck novels so that I can read what happens next.
     Very well written and fantastically executed this is one riveting mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Four stars.