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In their third outing, unlikely detecting duo Simon Maldon and young Princess Elizabeth are growing up. Simon is now a married apothecary, and 19-year-old Elizabeth is marking time in the Tower of London after being accused of plotting against her sister, Queen Mary. Sneaking in to visit Elizabeth disguised as a priest, Simon runs across his old friend Peto the Pope, a petty thief currently languishing in the tower for murder. While Simon attempts to prove Peto’s innocence, trouble is brewing on the domestic front as his wife takes in a pregnant girl who soon delivers a baby. As Hannah, Simon’s childless wife, becomes more obsessed with the infant and Simon becomes more caught up in pursuing his case, neither realizes that the real danger is lurking far too close to home. For the sake of historical accuracy, Elizabeth is mostly relegated to the sidelines in this one, but a solo Simon proves he can carry the story and save the day in this finely wrought Elizabethan mystery. --Margaret Flanagan

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Library Journal Review 3/1/13
"The third title in Herring's excellent historical series (after Poison, Your Grace) captivates with its smooth prose, on-the-ground details, and use of clever and unexpected characters. Princess Elizabeth's role is quieter in this outing, but watching the Maldon family grow is rewarding. Also a good choice for YA readers."
 


 
 



Booklist Review 5/1/13 This series has strong YA crossover potential! "In their third outing, unlikely detecting duo Simon Maldon and young Princess Elizabeth are growing up. For the sake of historical accuracy, Elizabeth is mostly relegated to the sidelines in this one, but a solo Simon proves he can carry the story and save the day in this finely wrought Elizabethan mystery."

Publishers Weekly Review 3/1/13
This series has strong YA crossover potential!
"Herring's fine third 16th-century mystery . . . (after 2011's Poison, Your Grace), apothecary Simon Maldon, disguised as a priest, visits his royal friend, 19-year-old Elizabeth Tudor, in the Tower of London. Herring deftly explores the theme of loyalty in a time of deep religious division. Engaging characters and a well-paced plot . . ."

This historical amateur sleuth mystery includes enough suspects to keep the reader intrigued, but it's the characters that especially hold you in their grip. The reader will fall in love with Hannah for her simple ways and faith in the best in people. Meanwhile, one isn't sure whether to sympathize or despise the mysterious pregnant woman who becomes another twist in the plot...The ending is not only plausible but satisfying.
Judith Mehl, author of Formula for Murder & Game, Set, Murder
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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (June 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143282712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432827120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peg Herring reads, writes, and loves mysteries. She is the author of several stand-alones and three series: the Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries (historical), the Dead Detective Mysteries (mildly paranormal), and the Loser Mysteries (contemporary suspense).
Peg loves travel, both in the States and abroad. Here's what she has learned so far.
Travel with a camper: fun but nerve-wracking on the hilly bits. And squirrels don't know that crawling inside the refrigerator mechanism is committing seppuku.
Travel by car: if you are so lost that you pass through the same small town three times in one day, give it up and spend the night there. Things will go better in the morning.
Travel in Wales: there probably isn't a road named ARRRRGGGGH!! But there should be.
Travel in England: roundabouts can be fun--if you live past the first one.
Travel in Bahrain: when the sign says "Camel Crossing," it means it.
Travel in Dubai: do not panic when your dhow is almost rammed by a much larger boat. You know how to swim, and it's not that far to shore.
Travel in Michigan: despite what you've heard, there are only two seasons here--the winter season and the construction season. To navigate safely, they both require experience, a cool head, and lots of patience.
Despite the trials, we love to travel to new places, meet new people, and see things we haven't seen before.

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Format: Hardcover
Set in Elizabethian England, Peg Herring has again done an excellent job researching the time period to create another mystery with Simon Maldon. It is also refreshing to find one of the main chacters in a book with a physical deformity. Although Elizabeth wasn't one of the main charachters in this book, I'm looking forward to learn what Peg Herring has in mind for one of her new characters, Henry, in her next one.
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How much sleuthing can a princess imprisoned in the Tower of London actually accomplish? Not a lot, as it turns out, but she can put her brilliant mind to work and advise her old friend how he might save an unjustly accused rogue from execution. In The Lady Flirts with Death, the third outing in the Simon and Elizabeth mystery series, author Peg Herring places Elizabeth in the background and brings Simon and his wife to the fore. Simon has acquired an apothecary shop of his own and a smart, loving helpmate in Hannah. While Simon frets about young Elizabeth’s future under her sister’s pious, but bloody rule, Hannah longs for a baby to make their family complete. On one of Simon’s visits to Elizabeth in the guise of a priest, he chances on another old friend, Peto the Pope. Peto is a thief with a heart, a sort of Elizabethan Robin Hood. Though popular in the seedy district of Southwark, Peto has been cunningly framed for the murder of another underworld character and Simon just might be his only way out of the Tower. Meanwhile, at the home behind the apothecary shop, Hannah gives shelter to a homeless, very pregnant young woman who seems to know a great deal more about Peto’s activities than she is telling. As in the first two books in the series, Herring has created likable, credible characters whose story unfolds against the backdrop of a well-researched Elizabethan setting. Southwark and its denizens come alive with energy, color, and drama to spare, and through Elizabeth and her fellow prisoner, Robert Dudley, Herring puts a human face on an aristocracy whipsawed by dynastic strife and religious tyranny. The mystery plot, neatly juxtaposed with historical facts, gives Simon and Hannah a chance to shine and rollicks along to a surprising conclusion. Highly recommended.
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By mrsjml on June 26, 2013
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Since Princess Elizabeth was in the tower during this novel, she played a very minor role in the story line. I would have enjoyed her being a more active participant, but her being in the tower does follow history. The plot was intriguing, and two new characters joined Simon's family. I am looking forward to the next novel in this series.
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