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About this book

Elizabethan Mysteries

  • The third in the series of young actor Ben Button’s adventure mysteries, set in the cut-throat world of Elizabethan England.
  • When Ben Button catches a beggar-boy suspected of stealing, he is plunged into a dangerous underworld of political plotting and treason.
  • With internet links to find out more about life in Elizabethan England.

Appearances can be deceptive in Elizabethan London, where treachery and danger lurk in unlikely places. Trouble looms when apprentice actor, Ben Button, befriends a young beggar with a grudge against an important nobleman. Hungry for revenge, the vagabond will stop at nothing to expose the nobleman's lies. And when Ben learns the man is behind a plot that threatens all of England, he has no choice but to help the beggar gather evidence... even if it means risking his own life to uncover the truth.

John Pilkington

John Pilkington

John Pilkington worked at various jobs – in a factory, in offices, in a research laboratory, on a farm, and as a rock guitarist in several bands – before realizing he wanted to write. He took a degree in Drama and English, acted and directed in a theatre company touring schools, and then began his professional writing career with radio plays in the 1980s.

He has since written plays for the theatre and television scripts for the BBC. He is also the author of a series of historical crime novels, and a non-fiction book, "A Survival Guide for Writers". "Rogues’ Gold" is his first children’s book.

Visit the author’s website,, for more information.

Press Reviews

The third in a series of rip-roaring theatrical adventures set in the cut-throat world of Elizabethan England Boy actor Ben Button takes centre stage in this thrilling mystery delving into the ruthless dealings of the Elizabethan arms trade.
Betty Bookmark
Yet another threatening plot for Ben Button, apprentice actor in Lord Bonner's company, to solve in this third volume of 'Elizabethan Mysteries'. The rather implausible plot line carries the reader along with many details of Elizabethan life giving authenticity to the story.
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