Audio Blog Tour: State of Treason by Paul Walker February 24th – April 28th 2021

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State of Treason

(Book 1, William Constable Spy Thrillers)

By Paul Walker

Narrated by Edward Gist

Publication Date: February 2021

Publisher: Audible Studios

Page Length: 317 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

London, 1578

William Constable is a scholar of mathematics, astrology and practices as a physician. He receives an unexpected summons to the Queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham in the middle of the night. He fears for his life when he spies the tortured body of an old friend in the palace precincts.

His meeting with Walsingham takes an unexpected turn when he is charged to assist a renowned Puritan, John Foxe, in uncovering the secrets of a mysterious cabinet containing an astrological chart and coded message. Together, these claim Elizabeth has a hidden, illegitimate child (an “unknowing maid”) who will be declared to the masses and serve as the focus for an invasion.

Constable is swept up in the chase to uncover the identity of the plotters, unaware that he is also under suspicion. He schemes to gain the confidence of the adventurer John Hawkins and a rich merchant. Pressured into taking a role as court physician to pick up unguarded comments from nobles and others, he has become a reluctant intelligencer for Walsingham.

Do the stars and cipher speak true, or is there some other malign intent in the complex web of scheming?

Constable must race to unravel the threads of political manoeuvring for power before a new-found love and perhaps his own life are forfeit.

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Paul Walker

Paul is married and lives in a village 30 miles north of London. Having worked in universities and run his own business, he is now a full-time writer of fiction and part-time director of an education trust. His writing in a garden shed is regularly disrupted by children and a growing number of grandchildren and dogs. Paul writes historical fiction. He inherited his love of British history and historical fiction from his mother, who was an avid member of Richard III Society. The William Constable series of historical thrillers is based around real characters and events in the late sixteenth century. The first three books in the series are State of Treason; A Necessary Killing; and The Queen’s Devil. He promises more will follow.


Tour Schedule

February 24th

The Writing Desk

Adventures of a Tudor Nerd

March 3rd

Zoe’s Art, Craft and Life

March 10th

Elizabeth St.John's Official Blog

Wendy J Dunn's Official Blog

March 17th

Deborah Swift’s Official Blog

Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

March 24th

The Books Delight

Let Your Words Shine…

March 31st

Ruins and Reading

CelticLady Reviews

April 7th

M J Porter’s Official Blog

Viviana MacKade's Official Blog

April 14th

The Historical Fiction Blog

Judith Arnopp’s Official Blog

April 21st

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

A Darn Good Read

April 28th

Brook's Scroll

Anna Belfrage - Stolen Moments