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The poyson garden : an Elizabethan mystery
Karen Harper
Adult Fiction HARPER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, bides her time as her half-sister, Queen Mary I, burns heretics and sickens in the year 1558. Elizabeth's time may be short, however: a murderer, possibly backed by Mary, is poisoning anyone related to the Boleyn family. Elizabeth's cousin, Henry Cary, survives a poisoned arrow attack, but his mother, Mary Boleyn, dies of poison shortly after meeting Elizabeth in secret at a secluded country estate. Closely guarded at Hatfield by Thomas Pope and his wife, Beatrice, Elizabeth nonetheless determines to uncover the mysterious veiled woman behind the poisonings, a task that requires her to dress as a lad and leads to her mother's childhood home at Hever Castle as well as to a moated castle in Leeds. Mary Tudor's England is realistically re-created in this series launch, and Elizabeth's servants prove a lively band. In Elizabeth, Harper has created an inspired if historically unlikely heroine, a young woman with natural curiosity about the mother she barely knew and with the grit to solve the mystery rather than fall victim to it. Suspending disbelief, readers will shiver as Elizabeth walks the corridor toward her mother's girlhood chamber at Hever, sensing a lost connection. The novel's finale, as Elizabeth meets her nemesis, is spoiled only by its lack of credibility‘a small stain on an otherwise well-sewn tale. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Under virtual house arrest at Hatfield during the reign of half-sister Mary, Elizabeth Tudor occasionally escapes her guardians through use of deceit and disguise. After learning of a plot to poison the remaining Boleyns‘herself included, of course‘she quickly enlists the help of her very own "privy and covert" council: her childhood governess, her groom, a female herbalist, and a talented actor. Together they sleuth, pooling resources, gathering clues, and finally identifying the poisoners. This is the first historicial mystery for Harper, an author of romance, suspense, and historical novels. It is also the first of a new series featuring a very personable young Elizabeth. Lively action and well-tempered prose make it a winner. [Mystery Guild main selection.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 25
Heir to the throne of England and Ireland.

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