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The Murder in the Tower: The Story of Frances, Countess of Essex Paperback – July 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307346216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307346216
  • ASIN: 0307346218
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is much like Plaidy's previous novel The King's Confidante: The Story of the Daughter of Sir Thomas More (A Novel of the Tudors) in that it's not directly concerned with royalty. In fact most of the book takes place outside the Court of King James I of England, VI of Scotland.

This book is the tale of two people, one ruthless in getting what she wants, the other the unwitting object of her affection. Frances Howard, a member of that Howard family, is a young girl forced into a marriage she thought she wanted, but ended up hating once she was smitten by Robert Carr, a favourite of King James. She stops at nothing to win him for herself. She will use all manner of poison, witchcraft and murder to rid herself of her enemies and those who are even perceived to stand in her way.

Plaidy, as usual, is a master, or should I say mistress, of her art. She makes the characters who are supposed to be unlikable, completely so(Frances Howard) and those you are supposed to feel for, (her first husband and even her second) sympathetic.

One thing I do wish though is that Plaidy did actually spend more time on King James' court. I was really interested in getting to know more about him, the Gunpowder Plot is already over and done with by the time the novel starts, and you never get a true feel for the court. I definitely never got a true feel for his queen, Anne of Denmark, and Plaidy usually spends a good bit of her novels making sure you understand the feelings of the monarch's queens. I also wanted to know more about his children, I felt like they were just pretty additions to the story.

But this is still a good book and totally worth the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2011
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Ms. Plaidy has this way of writing that just makes it impossible to set down one of her books once you've started. Even if you're not liking the story very much, you still can't help but plow through it (I found that to be the case with 'The Three Crowns'...so-so book, but I just couldn't stop reading it!). This book however was a great read through-and-through.

I've read so much on Henry VIII and Charles II, that I've become somewhat bored with them. I love these books about people and scandals that I'm not familiar with, but still take place in a time I love to read about. The story of the Countess of Essex is fascinating. What a scary, evil woman she was! And while she is someone you should absolutely despise, Ms. Plaidy manages to write her story in a way that that's riveting, but not repulsive. You see the terrible person that Frances is, but it's done subtly. It's almost as if the author were sitting next to you on your couch, sipping a cup of tea and telling you the story of the downfall of the Countess of Essex.

I also learned a bit about James I from this book. I knew NOTHING about his reign (and still don't, really), but I had no idea he was such a personable King. For some reason I always thought he was a mean and hated monarch...where I picked up that opinion I have no clue, but I just assumed after the reign of the great Elizabeth that no one really cared for him, and because of this he was an ill-tempered king. That doesn't seem to be the case at all. I'm definitely gonna have to pick up a book about the reign of James I to learn more about this 'King Solomon' of Britain.

Overall, I absolutely recommend this book. The story of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury in the Tower of London by the evil Frances Howard, Countess of Essex is a marvelous one.
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Never read anything about Frances before. As a royal families history buff, I loved it. Of course, Jean Plaidy, even thought she died many years ago, will always be my favorite authoress. Christine Schulz
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By merritt_an on December 6, 2013
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I didn't even finish this one. I don't think this is a reflection of Plaidy but more of a reflection on my distaste for that time period. I can't wrap my head around James Stuart. I don't understand him- what drives him and what he wants to be seen as. I would chose another time period if you want to read Plaidy's books or perhaps even a different author.
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By brandy branham on November 19, 2013
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So many wonderful characters, and great plot. This is a book I would definitely read again and again, for sure!!
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