It is the crowning day of twenty-five-year-old Bess Tudor’s life as she returns from exile to become England’s queen. But even as her magnificent procession wends its way to Westminster Palace, a shot rings out, muffled by the jostling crowd.
Within moments of becoming England’s ruler, Elizabeth learns of the brutal murder of a highborn lady of the court, the sister of one of her dearest friends. Elizabeth cannot refuse her friend’s request to find the killer — especially since the prime suspect is too close to the crown — and her friends — to overlook.
Elizabeth must be circumspect. Trust can be deadly. So she summons her small band of loyal retainers and plunges into a cauldron of conflicting loyalties and deadly intrigue.
From the pomp, pageantry, and insidious gossip of the court to the lethal tidal pools swirling under London Bridge, the passionate young queen must seize the reins of her empire — and find a killer determined to destroy the crown itself….
Karen Harper is the author of the Elizabeth I mystery series; a number of contemporary suspense novels, many of them set around the Amish; and historical novels, many of them set during England’s Tudor period. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, and… More about Karen Harper
"Harper’s facility with historical figures such as William Cecil, Robert Dudley, and the treacherous Duchess of Suffolk is extraordinary." — Los Angeles Times
"Harper masterfully captures the Elizabethan tone in both language and setting and gives life to some fascinating historical figures….Elizabethan history has never been this appealing." — New York Newsday
Don’t miss Karen Harper’s acclaimed debut novel in The Elizabeth I Mystery Series, The Poyson Garden:
"Impressively researched…the author has her poisons and her historical details down pat." — Los Angeles Times
"A walk side-by-side with one of history’s most dynamic characters." — Anne Perry, author of Half Moon Street
"An entertaining cross between a swashbuckling historical romance and a mystery novel. The heroine is spunky, the courtiers scheme and truckle, capes swirl, daggers flash and horses gallop." — Portland Oregonian