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February 18, 2015



An Elizabethan Mystery
Amanda Carmack

1559.  Elizabeth has been on the throne for six months, and life in England seems newly golden.  But for the royal court, murder and betrayal are foretold in the stars...

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Murder in the Queen's Garden

  • Number: 9780451415134
  • Release: February 3, 2015
  • Author: Amanda Carmack
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * HIST: Historical Fiction, * SUSP: Mystery
  • Publisher: Signet

Mass Market / Street Copy
The author of Murder at Westminster Abbey and Murder at Hatfield House is back with an absorbing and surprising new Elizabethan Mystery? 1559. Elizabeth has been on the throne for six months, and life in England seems newly golden. But for the Royal Court, murder and betrayal are foretold in the stars.... Kate Haywood, the young queen’s personal musician, has been keeping busy playing for a merry round of summer parties where famed astrologer Dr. John Dee and his fantastic horoscopes are all the rage. However, Elizabeth’s favorite stargazer fails to predict the discovery of a skeleton in the queen’s garden?and that the victim’s identity will call his own innocence into question. When the doctor’s pupil is the victim of a second murder, the concerned queen enlists her trusted Kate to clear the accused killer of wrongdoing. But will the stars align to light Kate’s path through a tangled thicket of treachery to save Elizabeth’s prized astrologer and protect the queen from those who threaten her reign?

About the Author

Amanda Carmack is the author of the Elizabethan Mystery novels including Murder at Westminster Abbey and Murder at Hatfield House. Amanda Carmack is a pseudonym for a multi published author. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma.

This is the first in the series of books that I have read.  I like these kind of books.  I love Historical mysteries.  It's sort of a different sort of the normal cozy mystery reads.   The author wrote a very well written mystery that was full of intrigue and with an interesting plot.  Every page, every character, had the reader wondering what was coming next.  The author created a character that was very likable and charming.  Kate Haywood.   Kate is the personal musician to the Queen Elizabeth and a trusted member of the Queen's court.  During this era women weren't considered smart nor strong but Kate defied them all.  She was smart and she was a strong woman who stood on her own two feet.
I you like historical mysteries, tan this book is definitely a book for you.  If historicals haven't been on your list, you might want to give something different a try.  Let it be MURDER IN THE QUEEN'S GARDEN.

I received a complimentary copy of MURDER IN THE QUEEN'S GARDEN from the author, Amanda Carmack and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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