The Queene's Christmas

The Queene's Christmas

Book - 2003
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Elizabethan England comes alive in all its pomp and pageantry, deadly intrigue and scandal-and fine feasting-in Karen Harper's acclaimed mystery series featuring the young queen, Elizabeth Tudor, as amateur sleuth. An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year's celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly.Fearing the Twelve Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, elderly friend, Lady Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth decrees a nostalgic, old-fashioned holiday. Delicious dishes for the table, holly and ivy, caroling, wassailing, mumming, and a Lord of Misrule to oversee it all are in the recipe for the revels. But one of the queen's kitchen staff is found as dead as the ornate peacock he was preparing for the feast.As more murders threaten customs, kingdom, and Christmas, Elizabeth and her diverse band of Privy Plot Counselors try desperately to solve the increasingly bizarre crimes.When the Thames freezes over and Londoners take to the ice for an elaborate Frost Fair. Elizabeth of England must outfox the diabolical demon who would kill not only the spirit of Christmas but the queen.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312301750
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 287 p. : map, geneal. tables ; 22 cm


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Feb 01, 2018

Elizabeth I series, no. 6. The secret war between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots heats up as Robin Dudley and Lord Darnley become pawns in the game of thrones. Elizabeth unwittingly gives a secret enemy space to begin a murderous campaign against her when she decides to give her frail lady-in-waiting, Kat Ashley, an old-fashioned Christmas. [The Puritans believe it's a pagan holiday and have successfully banned many old & rowdy traditions.] Harper's descriptions of 16th century London, the winter court, and holiday customs are fascinating. Unfortunately, the first half is slowed by dialogue passages in which examples of Elizabeth's famous tantrums come too often, and seem to be used only to plant red herrings. However, the plot eventually kicks in and Harper gives us a solid ending.

Jan 28, 2010

All the books in this series are wonderful and this one was great fun to read at Christmas.


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