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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Review - Murder At Hatfield House: An Elizabethan Mystery by Amanda Carmack

About The Book:

1558. Kate Haywood, a simple musician in the employ of a princess, will find herself involved in games of crowns as she sets out to solve the murder of the queen’s envoy....

England is in tumult under the rule of Queen Mary and her Spanish husband. Confined to house arrest at Hatfield House, young Princess Elizabeth is the country’s greatest hope. Far from court intrigues, Elizabeth finds solace in simple things: the quiet countryside and peaceful recreation, including the melodies of her chief musician and his daughter, Kate Haywood.

But Kate will prove herself most valuable when an envoy of the queen—sent to flush out heretics in the princess’s household—is found dead on the grounds of Hatfield. Acting as Elizabeth’s eyes and ears, Kate is sent out on the trail of a killer whose mission could destroy her family, friends—and the future of England.

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of any story set in the Tudor era, and was excited to find this brand new cozy mystery series from author Amanda Carmack!

Set in the time period of Princess Elizabeth's "captivity" at Hatfield House, this tale features an intriguing mystery, and introduces a fascinating cast of characters. The main heroine, besides the Princess herself, is Kate Haywood, a smart and talented girl who is dedicated to her mistress and undertakes to find who is out to frame the queen-to-be with tales of heresy and murder. There are plenty of twists and turns to this story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats to the very surprising end.

I enjoyed this novel, with the rich descriptions and the lively and interesting cast of personable characters. I think that this is going to be a great series to follow and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy a bit of history to their mystery!

About The Author:

Amanda has been in love with the Tudors ever since an accidental viewing of "Anne of the Thousand Days" on TV as a kid!  Now she just wishes she could live with them all the time--but there has to be time for writing about them too. 
She also writes as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee, and her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.
When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, yoga, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network--even though she doesn't cook.
Check out her website at www.amandacarmack.com
My thanks to Obsidian Books/Penguin for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

whaleyw09 said...

Sounds like my kinda book!!! History and mystery together. Yay!!