While I typically love this author’s novels, this one just didn’t seem as strong to me. I liked the setting in Elizabethan London and Cambridge, but the mystery never pulled me in and I had trouble keeping all the characters straight. That said, this story is exceptionally well researched, and the set pieces and sword fights are fun. There are wonderful Shakespearean references throughout (like Easter eggs!), and this may well grow into a series I enjoy, but it’s not there yet.