In the latest Elizabethan mystery by the author of Murder
at Whitehall, amateur sleuth Kate Haywood investigates
deadly machinations unfolding behind the scenes in the
magnificent French court.
1561. Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened as Mary Queen of
Scots—pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful
forces—declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To
discover her rival’s next unpredictable move, Elizabeth
dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary’s court at
Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that
the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of
poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly.
When a beautiful and disruptively flirtatious member of the
visiting party is murdered, Kate suspects that the man who
stands accused has been set up to discredit Elizabeth. She vows
to find the real killer, but the French court is a labyrinth
unlike any she has ever navigated before—and at every turn there
are more traps set to spring.
The acclaimed author of Murder
in the Queen’s Garden returns
to Tudor England with amateur sleuth Kate Haywood embroiled in
court intrigue and a devastating scandal.
1559. The Twelve Days of Christmas at Whitehall Palace will be
celebrated as a grand affair. But there are those who wish to
usher in the New Year by ending Queen Elizabeth’s reign....
Despite evenings of banquets and dancing, the European delegates
attending Her Majesty’s holiday festivities are less interested
in peace on earth than they are in fostering mistrust. Kate, the
queen’s personal musician, hopes she can keep the royal guests
But then Queen Elizabeth receives a most unwanted gift—an
anonymous letter that threatens to reveal untoward advances from
her beloved Queen Catherine’s last husband, Thomas Seymour.
Tasked with finding the extortionist, Kate has barely begun
investigating when one of Spain’s visiting lords is found
murdered. With two mysteries to unravel and an unsettling number
of suspects to consider, Kate finds herself caught between an
unscrupulous blackmailer and a cold-blooded killer....