“A roller-coaster ride of a book!”

The-Semper-Sonnet-coverAn adept thriller that is both intelligent and terrifying. Hold tight to your farthingales: this is a roller-coaster ride of a book!” – Bestselling author C.W. Gortner


“Imaginative plotting and depth of character distinguish this centuries-spanning thriller.” – Publishers Weekly



A long-lost poem may hold the key to unlocking the past – or eliminating the future.

Lee Nicholson takes the academic world by storm, seemingly unearthing a never-before published sonnet by William Shakespeare. When she reads the poem on the air, her words are ignored by all but a small group of people. There are the English and literature buffs. There are the curious and those who seek out hoaxes.

And there are men who will kill to keep the sonnet from ever being read again.

Buried in the language of the sonnet, in its allusions and wordplay, secrets have been hidden dating back to Elizabethan times, shared by the queen and her doctor, by men who seek the crown and men who seek the world. If the riddles are solved, it could explode what the world knows of the monarchy. Or, it could release a pandemic more deadly than the world has ever seen.

Lee’s quest keeps her one step ahead of an international hunt―from the police who want her for murder, to a group of men who will stop at nothing to end her quest, to a mad man who pursues the answers for destructive reasons of his own. Globetrotting as she pieces together what Shakespeare meant, and what he meant to leave unsaid, Lee carries this thriller through to its shocking conclusion.

“The story line takes some highly unexpected turns, and Margolis pulls off twists that could have been risible in the hands of a lesser writer.” – Publishers Weekly


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