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Two Murders Reaped: The fourth in a saga about the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles, whose family feud started the "Cousin's War", now known as the Wars ... Neville (1415-1495), the Thwarted Queen Paperback – November 28, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Spun Stories Press (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984816933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984816934
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,951,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I read "Two Murders Reaped" in one day; I couldn't put it down." Raymond Barglow, author of HILDEGARD'S WANDER THEATER.

"Two Murders Reaped, Cynthia Sally Haggard, Spun Stories Press - Haggard delivers a swift epic that is both entertaining and informing. The writing is crisp and clear, the characters well-defined, and the emotion overflowing. This book has something for everyone--romance, intrigue, and plenty of action." U.S. Review of Books, May 2012

From the Author

What would you do if your son married a woman you loathed? Would you tell the whole world your son was illegitimate in order to make her go away? Read this volume that concludes the family saga of the House of York and the Wars of the Roses.

More About the Author

Born and raised in Surrey, England, CYNTHIA SALLY HAGGARD has lived in the United States for thirty years. She has had four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer and novelist. Why does she write historical novels? Because she has been reading them with great enjoyment since she was a child. Because she has a great imagination and a love of history that won't go away. And because she has an annoying tendency to remember trivial details of the past and to treat long-dead people as if they were more real than those around her.

Cynthia's biggest influence was her grandmother, Stephanie Treffry, who had a natural story-telling ability. As a widow in 1970s Britain, Grandma Stephanie didn't drive a car, so would spend time waiting for buses. Her stories were about various encounters she had at those bus-stops. Nothing extraordinary, except that she made them so funny, everyone was in fits of laughter. A born entertainer, Cynthia tries to emulate her when she writes her novels.

In case you were wondering, she is related to H. Rider Haggard, the author of SHE and KING SOLOMONS'S MINES. (H. Rider Haggard was a younger brother of her great-grandfather.) Cynthia Sally Haggard is a member of the Historical Novel Society. You can visit her website at spunstories.com.



Customer Reviews

By the middle up until the end of the book, the story felt rushed.
Nancy E. Nolan
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a different type of mystery and likes historical writing even more.
Suzanne Moran
After reading one of her books, you can not wait to start the next one.
Lorraine Martinez

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Georgiemom on November 13, 2013
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It is saying that Richard III slew the Princes in the Tower (which I disagree) by the suggestion of his mother. Was disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabella on November 24, 2014
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If the other books were "simply" poorly written, this is also historically inaccurate, ridiculous and boring - and it is the longest one, so one would wish the torture would have ended sooner given how short the previous 3 books were.

Cecily is depicted as a selfish lady who is definitely relieved to hear her husband Richard of York was slain at Wakefield (less than a page is dedicated to this "minor" event) so that she will not have to bear children anymore and will be able to enjoy her wealth on her own. She despises the wife, Elizabeth Woodville (the "Serpent", as she names her), that her bastard son Edward has chosen, so she chooses to publicly declare him illegitimate and admit to her adultery (rubbish, never happened, on the contrary she pledged innonce of such a sin even in her last will). Edward therefore has her arrested for treason and sends her to be convent caged. Once Richard comes to the throne, Cecily plays Lady Macbeth and pushes him to do Edward's sons by the Serpent away and thus secure his throne for the legitimate line of York(and thank God this author seems to be a ricardian, or better a Woodville hater). Richard's tragedies (the loss of his only legitimate son and of his wife) are accounted for in exactly 3 lines even if distanced by a whole year and this is quite the average dramatisation you get in this 4 times split novel.

Do yourself a favour, unless you have the chance to read it for free as I did, save at least your money, because noone will give your time back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on October 13, 2013
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This 4 volume alleged biography the Duchess of York, softens the image of the angry, unforgiving lady who was a so important in the story of the York white rose. I am an avid reader of medieval history, historically based fiction and genealogy. I well enjoyed this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) on August 9, 2012
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The last segment of the series is by far the most entertaining. A lot of wit is injected and the story moves along at a much quicker pace than the others. I was in constant anticipation as to what was going to happen next and had a difficult time in putting this one down. The story feels well rounded and you truly get a feeling of who Cecilly was. It also gives a wonderful overview of all the historical happenings at this time such as deaths, births, marriages, battles etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond on January 9, 2012
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I read "Two Murders Reaped" in one day; I couldn't put it down. In this final book of Cynthia Haggard's "Thwarted Queen" series, the power struggle that has engaged Cecylee from the beginning intensifies, and the duchess finds herself in a situation that seems to call for cruelty not at all appropriate for a devout Christian. How does Cecylee reconcile with her Christian faith the actions that she feels compelled to take?

The novel takes us inside the emotions and motivations of Cecylee and her children, as the competition between the members of her family becomes mortally dangerous. Here as in the earlier volumes of this novel, the author's powers of description make this a vivid and compelling story.

When I finished this book, I wrote a more comprehensive customer review of the entire series, which I've posted as an Amazon review of "Thwarted Queen."
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This review is for the Thwarted Queen kindle edition which is for all 4 books. I had high expectations for this book. It started off well enough but quickly became disjointed. Very little character development and not much detail. By the middle up until the end of the book, the story felt rushed. It was just a narration really of all the events and not much dialogue between characters. Also the suggestion that the mother (Cecylee) put the notion of murdering the princes in her son Richard's head is ridiculous. Found some parts of the story extremely far fetched and juvenile.
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By Donna Walwork on July 5, 2014
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These 4 short books would do better as one book. I found it farfetched and fantastical to think a mother would act the way she is supposed to have in this book. Doesn't take long to read but not worth the time. I know it is just a novel but not my kind of thing.
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By Lorraine Martinez on February 12, 2014
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The story line is thrill packed, Ms. Haggard know how to hold the readers' attention. After reading one of her books, you can not wait to start the next one.
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