The Queene's Christmas

The Queene's Christmas

An Elizabeth I Mystery

Book - 2003
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It is the Christmas season of 1564, and Elizabeth has planned an elaborate holiday feast, only to have the preparations go awry when the Dresser of the Queene's Privy Kitchen is found hanging in his workroom, and she must solve the crime before becoming another victim. Includes reading group guide.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312301750
0312301758
Characteristics: 287 p. :,map ;,22 cm.

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ApollosRaven
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 now-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.

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bluenose62
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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