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It s no secret that I have a deep admiration for, and fascination with, England s Queen Elizabeth I That was the major reason to visit Hatfield House, especially the one remaining medieval portion of it, a manor house where Elizabeth lived as a princess So of course I had to read this book And it was a fine read not spectacular but suitably Elizabethan in setting I still find it mildly disappointing when books set in this period feature nearly modern language, but I guess that s inevitabl It s no secret that I have a deep admiration for, and fascination with, England s Queen Elizabeth I That was the major reason to visit Hatfield House, especially the one remaining medieval portion of it, a manor house where Elizabeth lived as a princess So of course I had to read this book And it was a fine read not spectacular but suitably Elizabethan in setting I still find it mildly disappointing when books set in this period feature nearly modern language, but I guess that s inevitable who is going to read a light mystery written in Chaucerian prose So I accept it for what it is, and will keep an eye out for 2 in the series, set at Elizabeth only a princess under de facto house arrest in this volume s Coronation Spoilers she becomes Queen Oh where do I begin For a history buff, this for me is a foray into the unknown An Elizabethan murder mystery with a hint of romance.It starts out with the execution of Lady Jane Grey, and then deeper into the intrigue of court politics, sinister dealings and heated whispers Amanda has woven a tale transporting the reader into the rich history of early Tudor times I have visited Hatfield House well worth a visit and she has described the atmosphere to perfection.A fabulous read, and am tho Oh where do I begin For a history buff, this for me is a foray into the unknown An Elizabethan murder mystery with a hint of romance.It starts out with the execution of Lady Jane Grey, and then deeper into the intrigue of court politics, sinister dealings and heated whispers Amanda has woven a tale transporting the reader into the rich history of early Tudor times I have visited Hatfield House well worth a visit and she has described the atmosphere to perfection.A fabulous read, and am thoroughly enjoying the sequel For someone me who isn t really keen on murder mystery stories, I am now a convert thanks to Amanda If I had three thumbs, they would all be up Here is a new historical mystery series set in the tumultuous and terrifying time of Queen Mary reigning in England I eagerly read this book because this time period is fertile for a suspenseful murder mystery.The reigning queen is Mary, Daugter of Henry VIII, and a rabid Catholic Her reign was filled with executions of Protestants, thus earning her the name Bloody Mary Mary took control of the government after the failed attempt by Henry VIII s only legitimate son, Edward VI, to by pass Ma Here is a new historical mystery series set in the tumultuous and terrifying time of Queen Mary reigning in England I eagerly read this book because this time period is fertile for a suspenseful murder mystery.The reigning queen is Mary, Daugter of Henry VIII, and a rabid Catholic Her reign was filled with executions of Protestants, thus earning her the name Bloody Mary Mary took control of the government after the failed attempt by Henry VIII s only legitimate son, Edward VI, to by pass Mary and turn the throne over to his cousin Lady Jane Grey Mary seized the throne and had her cousin Jane publicly executed Being of the protestant faith would get you killed under Mary s rule as a heretic and traitor It is in this highly charged political atmosphere that this story takes place Catholic Queen Mary has a protestant sister, Elizabeth, who has the only other legitimate claim to the throne Elizabeth tries to live a quiet life at Hatfield manor house and avoid her sister s wrath, which means enduring Mary s agents who regularly search her home trying to find Protestant teachings or bibles to try her as a traitor The story starts as one such agent from Queen Mary, Lord Braceton, is approaching Hatfield house and his assistant is shot with an arrow and dies Needless to say, Braceton proceeds to make Elizabeth and her household suffer for the murder of his assistant Elizabeth, under house arrest, begins turning to Kate 18 year old musician to secretly be her eyes and ears Kate vows to help her princess and uncover who the murderer is, even if she is placed in increasing peril.Kate Haywood is a kind girl in a harsh and dangerous time She loves her father and is devoted to her friends and the Princess She is brave in her desire to help others and was a heroine that I found easy to root for her success Her father, Matthew Haywood, lives for his music and is a delight Princess Elizabeth Tudor is portrayed as loyal to those who have been loyal to her, fierce in her sense of duty to those who rely on her, has a terrible temper that she holds in check, and very politically savvy I really liked the portrayal of a steely woman caught in the middle of dangerous political plots I must mention Anthony, the young law apprentice who likes Katethan as a friend, even if she doesn t realize it Ned, a mute kitchen boy, is a bittersweet character Lord Braceton is portrayed to give a sense of just how scary the times were with powerful bullies throwing their weight around I both feared the character and what he might do while wishing for him to get justice delivered upon him.Most of the story takes place at Hatfield House or nearby, Princess Elizabeth s residence town There are a few scenes at other manor houses The dark hallways, tower rooms, and hidden passageways add to the historical time and the sense of danger The village is also a great setting with danger seemingly in every encounter.The plot presents a well hidden enemy who clearly has an agenda against the Queen and any of the Queen s officials The killer is quick and deadly, can strike with an arrow or a knife But why and who is elusive I was guessing until close to the reveal The pace kept steady as Kate investigated andincidences of murder occured The climax with Kate and the killer is intense and dramatic I did feel the resolution to the killer confrontation was sudden and seemed a let down The wrap up nicely setups the next book and promises to provide evenpolitical intrigue for Kate.I found this a great historical suspense with a solid murder mystery and very enjoyable heroine.Rating Near Perfect Buy two copies one for you and one for a friend Join me at Mysteries and My Musings book bloghttp www.mysterysuspence.blogspot.com As a forewarning, this review may contain some small spoilers, nothing that tells you the killer, but some events that I ll describe happen later in the book.I really liked this book It had an exciting cast of characters, a good mystery, and a fun storyline I m glad I picked it up To start with, the characters were really great I loved Kate and Elizabeth and the rest of the cast of characters They were all described vividly and they were what I d expect to find if I lived in 16th century Eng As a forewarning, this review may contain some small spoilers, nothing that tells you the killer, but some events that I ll describe happen later in the book.I really liked this book It had an exciting cast of characters, a good mystery, and a fun storyline I m glad I picked it up To start with, the characters were really great I loved Kate and Elizabeth and the rest of the cast of characters They were all described vividly and they were what I d expect to find if I lived in 16th century England.The mystery was good, but the author made a few small mistakes, at least to me, please skip this paragraph if you want to avoid any and all spoilers, read on if you don t mind vague and small spoilers To start with when Lord Braceton comes to Hatfield House he isn t expected, so how would the murderer expect him to come and try to kill him Secondly, Princess Elizabeth was under house arrest, not allowed to leave her chambers, so why would the killer mistake Kate for Elizabeth and try to kill her Overall, however, an enjoyable read I ll read the next one ( Kindle ) ☦ Murder at Hatfield House ⚔ FIRST IN A NEW SERIESKate Haywood, a simple musician in the employ of a princess, will find herself involved in games of crowns as she sets out to solve the murder of the queen s envoy England is in tumult under the rule of Queen Mary and her Spanish husband Confined to house arrest at Hatfield House, young Princess Elizabeth is the country s greatest hope Far from court intrigues, Elizabeth finds solace in simple things the quiet countryside and peaceful recreation, including the melodies of her chief musician and his daughter, Kate Haywood But Kate will prove herself most valuable when an envoy of the queen sent to flush out heretics in the princess s household is found dead on the grounds of Hatfield Acting as Elizabeth s eyes and ears, Kate is sent out on the trail of a killer whose mission could destroy her family, friends and the future of England Very enjoyable Liked the character of Kate, the musician who is close to Princess Elizabeth The murderer turns out to be close to Kate, but as I do not want to give away the plot, I will not mention the person s name As you may know, the Princess Elizabeth has many enemies through no fault of hers at least not in the beginning while she is still Princess Elizabeth which is when she is living at Hatfield House It is at Hatfield House that she is informed that she has become Queen of Engl Very enjoyable Liked the character of Kate, the musician who is close to Princess Elizabeth The murderer turns out to be close to Kate, but as I do not want to give away the plot, I will not mention the person s name As you may know, the Princess Elizabeth has many enemies through no fault of hers at least not in the beginning while she is still Princess Elizabeth which is when she is living at Hatfield House It is at Hatfield House that she is informed that she has become Queen of England This series has great promise and as an Anglophile and a fan of the Tudors Well, maybe not all of them, but definitely of Elizabeth , I am looking forward to the rest of the series This is an excellent historical mystery, set in England during the time of Queen Mary and Elizabeth I Elizabeth has been banished to a country estate, the target of attacks by Queen Mary s Catholic nobles, but when one of the king s men is murdered right outside the gates, Elizabeth s chief musician Kate Haywood realizes that there are deeper,sinister plots going on Kate must try to find the murderer, even as the Queen s men are harassing the household and trying to find proof of treason This is an excellent historical mystery, set in England during the time of Queen Mary and Elizabeth I Elizabeth has been banished to a country estate, the target of attacks by Queen Mary s Catholic nobles, but when one of the king s men is murdered right outside the gates, Elizabeth s chief musician Kate Haywood realizes that there are deeper,sinister plots going on Kate must try to find the murderer, even as the Queen s men are harassing the household and trying to find proof of treason so they can execute Elizabeth The plot threads are intricately woven, the characters are excellently portrayed, and the novel is a delight to read even as some of the happenings are not so delightful I read this because I let myself forget how tiresome I find the Tudors and everything associated with them Please don t let my rating put you off reading this It s not badly written at all, and if you enjoy the time period, especially Elizabethan times, then you willthan likely enjoy this I m sorry to say that even the decent writing did not help me enjoy the setting Once again I will let a couple of years go by before I read about the Tudors again. I primarily enjoyed this for the historical content regarding Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth at that time This was a good refresher course for that period Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I am especially interested in anything regarding the history of England and the British Isles As far as the mystery goes, it could have been better but all in all, it was enjoyable. Murder at Hatfield House is a historical mystery set in the autumn of 1558 in England Purely as a historical novel, I enjoyed the story The historical details brought the time period vividly alive in my imagination The main characters reacted realistically to events and gained my sympathy I felt suspense about the physical danger to Kate and Princess Elizabeth even though I knew how it had to turn out yes, they d survive, but at what cost However, there were some serious flaws with the my Murder at Hatfield House is a historical mystery set in the autumn of 1558 in England Purely as a historical novel, I enjoyed the story The historical details brought the time period vividly alive in my imagination The main characters reacted realistically to events and gained my sympathy I felt suspense about the physical danger to Kate and Princess Elizabeth even though I knew how it had to turn out yes, they d survive, but at what cost However, there were some serious flaws with the mystery I could quickly guess who was intended to be whodunit by the hints given throughout the story, yet logically that person couldn t be whodunit The murderer would have had to know something no one else knew and be at two places at once during at least two murders I expected the author to explain these problems away, but they never were explained VAGUE SPOILER Whodunit would have had to know when the target, Braceton, would be coming to Hatfield House However, no one at Hatfield House expected him He was running late by his own schedule Even if someone knew when he was coming, they d have to wait for him for some time and hope their absence wasn t noticed Whodunit was then closely pursued into the house after the murder When you know who the murderer is, though, this seems impossible for whodunit to pull off, or at least with no one noticing anything END SPOILER There was no sex There was one use of modern bad language and a minor amount of swearing using God s body parts teeth, toe, wounds, blood Overall, I d recommend this as a historical novel to Queen Elizabeth fans, but not as a mystery.I received this book as a review copy from the publisher